20 Mar 2023

Khalistan Supporters Take Off Tricolor On Indian High Commission In Britain; India Lodges Strong Protest With UK; Hoists Larger Tricolour

New Delhi/London: In London, the capital of Britain, on Sunday, Khalistan supporters took off the tricolor on the Indian High Commission and hoisted the Khalistan flag. It was said that this act has been done against the steps taken to arrest Amritpal Singh in Punjab. 

Meanwhile, a bigger tricolor has now been hoisted on the High Commission.

The protesters, who were demonstrating against a crackdown by security forces in Punjab on the Waris Punjab De (WPD) group, shouted Khalistani slogans, and attempted to enter the High Commission. One protester climbed up to the Indian High Commission balcony overlooking the street and brought down the national flag.

In videos that were shared on social media, the groups could be heard raising ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ slogans, along with slogans slamming the Indian government. They also waved Amritpal Singh’s poster, voicing their support for him.

MEA summons senior UK diplomat

Regarding this incident, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) summoned the senior-most UK diplomat in New Delhi late Sunday evening to convey India’s strong protest at the actions taken by separatist and extremist elements against the Indian High Commission in London earlier in the day.

Explanation demanded for complete absence of British security

An explanation was demanded for the complete absence of the British security that allowed these elements to enter the High Commission premises. She was reminded in this regard of the basic obligations of the UK Government under the Vienna Convention.

A spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said India finds unacceptable the indifference of the UK Government to the security of Indian diplomatic premises and personnel in the UK.

UK Government should take immediate steps: MEA

MEA said it is expected that the UK Government would take immediate steps to identify, arrest and prosecute each one of those involved in the incident, and put in place stringent measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.

British High Commissioner in India condemns the incident

Meanwhile, the British High Commissioner in India, Alex Ellis, has tweeted and condemned the actions of the separatists. He has said, "I condemn the disgraceful acts today against the people and premises of the Indian High Commission in London. This is completely unacceptable.”

Amritpal Singh is absconding: Police

In Punjab, continuous efforts are going on by the police to catch the radical Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh. Security personnel conducted flag marches in many parts of the state today and the administration has extended the ban on mobile internet and SMS service till 12 noon on Monday. 

The official spokesperson of Punjab Police has said that Amritpal Singh is absconding and efforts are being made to arrest him. Flag marches were carried out by companies of district police and paramilitary forces (PMFs) led by senior superintendents of police (SSPs) and commissioners of police (CPs) across the state, he said.

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