Last Updated: March 19, 2023, 22:52 IST
Pro-Khalistani groups raising slogans at Indian High Commission in London. (Image: Twitter/@ArunimaDey17)
In videos that were shared on social media, the groups could se heard raising ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ slogans on the premises of the Indian High Commission. Slogans slamming the Indian government were also raised
Pro-Khalistani groups on Sunday vandalised the Indian High Commission in the UK and even replaced the Tricolour with the Khalistani flag.
In videos that were shared on social media, the groups could be heard raising ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ slogans on the premises of the Indian High Commission, along with slogans slamming the Indian government. The groups also waved Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh’s poster, voicing their support for him.
UK High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis condemned the incident, saying it’s “disgraceful”.
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“I condemn the disgraceful acts today against the people and premises of the @HCI_London – totally unacceptable,” said Ellis.
I condemn the disgraceful acts today against the people and premises of the @HCI_London – totally unacceptable.— Alex Ellis (@AlexWEllis) March 19, 2023
Meanwhile, an MEA spokesperson told CNN-News18 that the senior-most UK diplomat in New Delhi has been summoned in the wake of the incident, which comes in the backdrop of the Punjab Police declaring Amritpal Singh a fugitive, with a fresh FIR lodged against the ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief and his associates in connection with the possession of illegal weapons.
Dubai-returned Amritpal became the head of ‘Waris Punjab De’, which was founded by actor and activist Deep Sidhu who died in a road accident in February last year.
Singh, a self-styled radical preacher, has been on the run since the Punjab Police launched a massive crackdown on Saturday and arrested 78 members of his outfit.
The crackdown against Amritpal has come weeks after he and his supporters barged into the Ajnala police station near Amritsar, extracting an assurance that an arrested man would be released.
Security agencies had raised a red flag after intelligence inputs suggested that Amritpal was using drug de-addiction centres and a gurdwara for stockpiling weapons and preparing youths to carry out suicide attacks.
A thick dossier prepared with inputs from various security agencies claimed that Amritpal, who returned from Dubai last year allegedly at the behest of Pakistan’s ISI and Khalistan sympathisers residing overseas, was mainly engaged in brainwashing youths to become “khadkoos” or human bombs.
(With PTI inputs)
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