The recent Handwara incident where a clash between the Army and the civilians culminated into the killing of two youths and several injured, has been compared to the Jallianwala Bagh. On the day of the latter's anniversary, people remember the martyrs at this ill-fated destination in a unique way.
Public Twitter forums are unabashed, criticizing the Army for its relentless behaviour. Despite CM Mehbooba Mufti's assurance that the perpetrators will be handed with an iron fist, Twitter is flooded with criticism.
According to the villagers in this district of Jammu and Kashmir, at around 3:45 pm, an army man tried to molest a woman in the washroom, which was close to an army bunker in the main market area. As news spread, people gathered near the spot and started protesting against the army.
To control the mob, the Rashtriya Rifles and J&K Police opened fire, injuring 4 and killing 2.
Jalianwala Bagh ignited a generation of Indians to fight not only imperialism but injustice in all forms. Let the light guide us always.— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 13, 2016
Tributes to the martyrs of #JalianwalaBagh, remembering the horrors after 97 years.— Nanda Kishore N (@AcerbicallyUrs) April 13, 2016
P.S. Trending whatever as जलियांवाला बाग. phew!
Remembering all those people who lost their— Raushan Raj (@AskRaushan) April 13, 2016
lives in the Jalianwala bagh massacre!
Hating Britishers to the core! pic.twitter.com/GzWKxLK2dU
It took #JalianwalaBagh for Tagore to see the horrors of colonialism. Prior to that he was happy being a knight of the British empire— Manchu_ (@Manchu71) April 13, 2016
The world talks about the Holocaust, but is unaware of the brutality committed in #JalianwalaBagh. (:— Raj Kumar Jha (@rajpadma) April 13, 2016
Although a tad too much for a comparison, public wanted to establish the similarities where the Indian Army was involved in both the cases. In both the cases, innocent lives were harmed and that too for no reason.
Remembering Jallianwala Bagh that killed over 1000 of innocent people, who had gathered to celebrate the Punjabi new year festival Baisakhi, it can be said that the British government nailed its own coffin with the incident.
Presuming that the gathering was a conspiracy against the colonial government, the army was directed to open fire, killing till the bullets were exhausted. The Handwara killings were of similar kind, but to a lesser extent.