London: Days after Khalistani supporters pulled down the Indian national flag at the Indian High Commission in London, the team of the High Commission today put up a giant Tricolour atop the building. This comes amid massive protests and widespread condemnation by Indians who have been demonstrating against the act that took place on March 19 where a group of men holding Khalistani flags pulled down the Indian flag.
A video shared by news agency ANI shows the team putting up Indian national flag atop the High Commission building today.
Earlier today, pro-Khalistan protesters shouted slogans, threw water bottles and ink at the London Metropolitan police, who kept them confined to the other side of the road, a safe distance from the Indian High Commission. Around 2,000 protesters had turned up at the spot by evening and they tried to break the barricade and targeted the police. The police said they will evacuate the spot if the protest escalates any further.
Additional barricades and policemen have been deployed at Indian mission in London. Security has been beefed up by police at Indian High Commission in British capital.
In what is being seen as India’s tit-for-tat move, the Delhi Police today removed extra barricades outside the UK High Commission in the national capital, days after Khalistani supporters pulled down the Indian national flag and vandalised the Indian Consulate in London. Though barricades have been removed, officials say security remains intact.
“The security arrangements outside the British High Commission here are intact. However, barricades placed on the pathway towards the Commission that created hurdles for commutation have been removed,” a senior police officer told PTI.
India lodges protest
After Sunday’s attack, a spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs said that the senior most UK diplomat in New Delhi is being summoned after the attack on the Indian High Commission in UK. “The senior-most UK diplomat in New Delhi was summoned late evening today 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,” MEA said.
Top British officials have said that the UK government will take the security of the Indian High Commission “seriously”, as they condemned as “disgraceful” and “completely unacceptable” the vandalism at the Indian mission by a group of protesters waving separatist Khalistani flags.