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Britain Fails to provide security to Indian High Commission in London amid protest

The Indian Foreign Ministry summoned the UK’s top diplomat in Delhi late last night as the Indian flag was removed from the Indian High Commission in London by Khalistan sympathizers protesting a police crackdown on separatist Amritpal Singh. India strongly condemned Britain’s failure to provide security to Indian High Commission in London.

In a strongly worded statement, the ministry demanded an explanation for the “absence of security” at the high commission premises and said the British government’s “indifference” towards Indian diplomats and staff was “unacceptable”.

Protests against the crackdown began last night. Cellphone videos posted on social media showed protesters climbing the building and pulling down the Indian flag. In Brisbane, Australia, pro-Khalistan groups held what they called a referendum on Khalistan.

“An explanation has been sought for the complete absence of UK security which allowed these elements to enter the premises of the High Commission. In this regard, it was reminded of the UK Government’s fundamental obligations under the Vienna Convention,” the Foreign Office said in a statement. declaration.


The ministry also said it found the UK government’s “indifference to the security of Indian diplomatic premises and personnel” “unacceptable”.

“It is expected that the UK Government will take immediate action to identify, arrest and prosecute each of those involved in today’s incident and will implement strict measures to prevent such incidents from happening again,” the statement said.

112 supporters of Amritpal Singh were arrested over the weekend. Amritpal Singh is on the run. The operation began after they stormed the police station with swords and guns to secure the release of one of their own. Six police officers were injured in the clash.


Since then, 78 supporters of Amritpal Singh have been arrested, many of them following a daring car chase. His close associate Daljeet Singh Kalsi, who handles his finances, was arrested from Haryana’s Gurgaon this morning.

Punjab Police tweeted details of the crackdown and said 34 arrests were made today and the situation in the state is calm.

“Punjab Police is acting in accordance with the law. #AmritpalSingh is still absconding and has not been arrested yet. Do not believe rumors and fake news. Request all citizens to maintain peace and harmony and not panic,” another tweet read.

Punjab police sources said Amritpal Singh maintains close links with Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI and foreign-based terror groups.


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