1 Oct 2023

Glasgow Gurdwara Responds To Incident Of Blocking of Indian High Commissioner Doraiswami's Visit

Guru Granth Sahib Gurudwara of Glasgow has condemned the incident of blocking the path of Indian High Commissioner to Britain, Vikram Doraiswami.

The Glasgow Gurudwara in Scotland has issued a press release strongly condemning the treatment meted out to the Indian High Commissioner and saying that the Gurudwara is open to people of all communities and backgrounds. It welcomes everyone with an open heart on the basis of his religious beliefs.

When Vikram Doraiswami was going to this Gurudwara in the capital Glasgow during his Scotland visit, his path was blocked by agitators considered to be pro-Khalistan.

Doraiswami was scheduled to visit Gurudwara Guru Granth Sahib on Albert Drive in Glasgow as per his previously scheduled programme. But members of 'Sikh Youths UK' have posted a video of their argument with Gurudwara officials on the internet. Some of them are seen moving towards the High Commissioner's car and asking him to leave.

The Indian High Commission has termed this incident as humiliating and shameful.

Earlier, the Indian High Commission said, that it reported to authorities in the UK the 'disgraceful incident' at the Glasgow Gurudwara where elements from outside Scotland 'deliberately disrupted' a planned interaction organised for the Indian High Commissioner to Britain, Vikram Doraiswami.

The incident has also drawn condemnation by several British MPs.

The UK's Minister of State for the Indo-Pacific, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, on Saturday said she was 'concerned' to learn that Indian envoy Doraiswami had been stopped from meeting the Gurudwara Committee in Glasgow.

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), Trevelyan said the security and safety of foreign places is of utmost importance and places of worship in the United Kingdom should be open to all.

This incident with Vikram Doraiswami happened after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's statement in the Parliament of Canada.

Justin Trudeau had told in the Canadian Parliament that Indian agents could be involved in the murder of Khalistani separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

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