While we are witnessing a crack down on Khalistani extremist Amritpal Singh Sandhu and his supporters in Bharat, a group of Khalistan supporters once again attacked the Bharatiya High Commission in London, UK. At first, they were sloganeering with flags and posters of Amritpal Singh, and then one of them clambered onto the balcony of the High Commission building where the flagpole hoisting the tricolor is located, and pulled the national flag down.
Several videos on social media platforms showed these extremists raising slogans, and a man scaling the walls of the High Commission to bring down the Bharatiya flag to the chants of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’.
The local police was no where to be seen when this unprecedented assault and desecration of Bharat’s sovereignty was taking place. It was only much later that the police arrived to try and control the situation. The Khalistanis brazenly continued with their aggressive ‘protest’, safe in the knowledge that past such attacks on the Bharatiya High Commission have failed to elicit any meaningful action from the UK government.
It is hard to imagine such a violation of a foreign country’s sovereignty taking place in the diplomatic area of Chanakyapuri, New Delhi where Western embassies occupy prime real estate and remain well guarded at all times.
Foreign Ministry summoned senior-most UK diplomat in Bharat
Bharat’s foreign ministry has reacted strongly to this incident and summoned the senior most diplomat of UK in New Delhi late last evening. In a sharply worded statement, the ministry demanded an explanation for absence of security at the High Commission premises and said the UK government’s indifference to Bharatiya diplomats and personnel was unacceptable.
“An explanation was demanded for the complete absence of the British security that allowed these elements to enter the High Commission premises. She was reminded in this regard of the basic obligations of the UK Government under the Vienna Convention,” the foreign ministry said in its statement.
The ministry also said it finds unacceptable the indifference of the UK Government to the security of Bharatiya diplomatic premises and personnel.
“It is expected that the UK Government would take immediate steps to identify, arrest and prosecute each one of those involved in today’s incident, and put in place stringent measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis has tweeted:
Did UK govt. ignore Bharat’s warning?
Despite the Modi government informing the Whitehall and MI-5 about the planned Sikh extremists protests earlier this month, the indifference of the UK government to pulling down the Bharatiya national flag has riled the highest levels in New Delhi.
The UK has become a breeding ground for an anti-Bharat ecosystem. There are Khalistani, Islamist and several other criminal groups operating freely in UK under the nose of their so-called secular and liberal government. The UK government may not be directly supporting these elements, but their administration, political parties, and the local ecosystem is not only supporting but also nurturing these elements for long.
The primary accused behind the attack on the Indian High Commission has been identified as UK-based asylum seeker Avtar Singh Khanda. His father Kulwant Singh Khukrana was a terrorist of the Khalistan Liberation Force and is supplying funds through Gurmit Singh Bukanwala. Khanda brought the radical Sikh students for this protest on Sunday.
While the Bharatiya government wants the British Government to act against the perpetrators, there are serious discussions going on at the highest levels of the government on how to make the UK government more responsive and accountable to Bharat’s security concerns in Britain.
(With IANS inputs)