Bhopal, Sep 26 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today called for a high-level inquiry into circumstances under which visas were issued to a group of British ex-soldiers who visited various places in India to allegedly celebrate crushing of the Revolt of 1857 during the colonial era.
''The silence of the Centre's United Progressive Alliance regime is surprising. How did the team, whose members were part of the King's Royal Rifle Corps, dare to celebrate -- as a British victory -- the anniversary of India's First War of Independence? What can be more shameful than their coming to India and expressing happiness over the crushing of the Revolt? The team visited those locations, at Meerut and Delhi, where British officers and men were killed,'' he told UNI.
Reports said that the visitors suggested putting up of plaques at churches to commemorate British courage during the conflict. ''We will not permit that in this state and the visitors will be urged not to display their sentiments,'' Mr Chouhan added.