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‘Attempted but failed’: Indian flag seized by pro-Khalistani protesters at London mission

Last update: Mar 20, 2023, 02:59am IST

Pro-Khalistani groups raising slogans at the Indian High Commission in London. (Image: Twitter/@ArunimaDey17)

Mission officials said the “attempted but failed” attack had been thwarted and the tricolor was now flying “greater”.

The tricolor flying over the Indian High Commission in London was seized by a group of protesters waving separatist Khalistani flags and chanting pro-Khalistani slogans on Sunday, leading to an arrest in connection with the violent disorder.

Mission officials said the “attempted but failed” attack had been thwarted and the tricolor was now flying “greater.”

Scotland Yard said it was called in on reports of disorder on Sunday afternoon and a man has been arrested while investigations continue.

“There were no reports of injuries, however windows were broken in the High Commission building,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

“Officers attended the scene. Most of those present had dispersed before the arrival of the police. An investigation was launched and a man was arrested nearby a short time later on suspicion of violent disorder. Investigations are continuing,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, India has registered its strong protest with the British government over the security of its diplomatic mission and has questioned the lack of sufficient security at the facility.

Images of broken windows and men scaling the India House building were circulating on social media and videos from the scene show an Indian official grabbing a protester’s flag through the mission’s first-floor window, as the protester is seen hanging. off your shelf. and waving a Khalistan flag before being taken away.

The MEA said the top British diplomat in New Delhi was summoned on Sunday night to convey India’s “strong protest” over actions taken by separatist and extremist elements against the Indian High Commission in London.

“An explanation was demanded for the total absence of British security that allowed these elements to enter the High Commission facilities. It was reminded in this regard of the basic obligations of the UK government under the Vienna Convention,” the MEA statement said.

“India finds the UK government’s indifference to the security of Indian diplomatic facilities and staff in the UK unacceptable. The UK government is expected to take immediate action to identify, arrest and prosecute everyone involved in today’s incident, and to implement strict measures to prevent a recurrence of such incidents,” he said.

The banned terrorist organization, Sikhs For Justice, is holding a so-called “2020 Referendum” amid a crackdown on pro-Khalistan leader Amritpal Singh in Punjab.

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