The ship was forcibly returned to India after two months of stand-off. On arrival in Kolkata, as many as 20 passengers were killed by British Indian police.
"On this day, 102 years ago, the Canadian Government shamefully turned away 376 immigrants because of their country of origin. Today, as a representative of the Canadian Government, I am honoured to stand with the South Asian community and recognize the Komagata Maru Incident as an event of national historic significance which helped shaped the values, including multi-culturalism, that have become a source of strength for our country today," Sajjan said at the inauguration of the plaque. The Komagata Maru tragedy, along with the laws in force at the time that allowed Canada to be indifferent to the plight of the ship's passengers, signifies a moment of great importance in the history of immigration and race relations in Canada, said a government statement on Sunday.
The statement said the designation of the Komagata Maru Incident site provides an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about India's varied history, rich diversity and the lessons we have learned.