Gujranwala Incident 1919

On April 18, 1919, the Gujranwala Incident 1919 marked a harrowing chapter in India’s colonial history. This event occurred in the wake of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, as news of the Amritsar tragedy ignited further unrest across Punjab. In Gujranwala, British forces, responding to protests and the destruction of a local railway station and telegraph office, deployed air power to suppress the agitated crowds. This decision to use aircraft against civilians marked a severe response from the British, showcasing their readiness to maintain control through formidable force. The aerial bombing resulted in significant casualties and marked one of the first uses of air power to quell civil disturbances in India, leaving a lasting impact on the local population and contributing to the intensifying struggle for Indian independence.