New Delhi: Within the backdrop of a police crackdown on radical preacher Amritpal Singh and his associates in Punjab, a gaggle of pro-Khalistan protesters on Monday (March 20, 2023) attacked and broken the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, US. Elevating pro-Khalistan slogans, the protesters broke open the makeshift safety obstacles raised by the town police and put in two so-called Khalistani flags contained in the Consulate premises, which have been subsequently eliminated. Quickly thereafter, a gaggle of offended protesters additionally entered the consulate premises and began hitting the door and home windows with the iron rods.
Reacting to the assault, the US condemned the “vandalism” and stated “it is simply completely unacceptable”
“We definitely condemn that — that vandalism. It is simply completely unacceptable. The State Division’s Diplomatic Safety Service is working with native authorities,” John Kirby, the Nationwide Safety Council coordinator for Strategic Communications on the White Home, instructed reporters at a day by day information convention when requested in regards to the incident.
Take applicable measures: India tells US after pro-Khalistan protesters assault Indian Consulate in San Francisco
In a gathering with the US Cost d’Affaires in New Delhi, India conveyed its “robust protest” on the vandalisation of the property of the Consulate Common of India, San Francisco.
“The US Authorities was reminded of its primary obligation to guard and safe diplomatic illustration. It was requested to take applicable measures to forestall recurrence of such incidents,” an official assertion from the Indian Ministry of Exterior Affairs learn.
“Our Embassy in Washington DC additionally conveyed our considerations to the US State Division alongside related strains,” it added.
India lodges robust protest with the US.
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In the meantime, the assault additionally prompted sharp condemnation from Indian People who demanded rapid motion towards these chargeable for it.
“We’re appalled by the whole legislation and order failure in each in London in addition to in SFO the place just a few radicalised separatists attacked India’s diplomatic missions,” Basis for India and Indian Diaspora Research (FIIDS) stated.
“We might urge legislation and order establishments just like the Division of Homeland Safety (DHS), the FBI in addition to the CIA to make sure that terrorism finds no place and help in the US of America,” FIIDS stated.
Earlier on Sunday, the tricolour flying atop the Indian Excessive Fee in London was grabbed at by the protesters chanting pro-Khalistani slogans.
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In Canberra as nicely, Khalistan supporters gathered outdoors the Australian parliament to protest towards the police crackdown on Amritpal Singh.
Pakistan’s ISI ‘instigating’ pro-Khalistan parts to organise protests in help of Amritpal Singh
Pakistani intelligence company ISI, which is claimed to be the “mind” behind the expansion of Amritpal Singh, has instigated abroad Khalistan supporters to organise protests and demonstrations overseas in his help, officers stated on Monday.
They stated the abroad protests have been the determined try by the ISI to construct followership of Amritpal who has been hiding from the Punjab Police for the final three days.
All these acts by the pro-Khalistan parts — in London, San Francisco, and Canberra — have been orchestrated by ISI brokers working in numerous international locations, the officers stated.
Citing latest incidents in numerous elements of the world, they stated there was a design by ISI brokers to organise protests, and vandalism of locations of Indian pursuits by way of Khalistani parts exploiting their non secular sentiments.
Final week, the Honorary Consulate of India in Australia’s Brisbane metropolis was additionally pressured to shut down attributable to security considerations after Khalistan supporters organised an unauthorised gathering and blocked the entry of the workplace, days after Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese assured India that his authorities won’t tolerate “excessive actions”.
A number of Hindu temples in Melbourne have been additionally vandalised by Khalistan supporters in latest months.
Canada has additionally seen an increase in anti-India actions not too long ago by Khalistani supporters who’ve vandalised some Hindu temples.
Final September, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs had additionally issued an announcement condemning the rise of hate crimes towards Indians and anti-India actions in Canada, expressing concern with stern language.
Amritpal Singh nonetheless on the run, Punjab Police invokes NSA towards his associates
The Punjab Police on Monday invoked the stringent Nationwide Safety Act towards 5 males linked to radical preacher Amritpal Singh, whose uncle and driver surrendered amid a state-wide crackdown towards his “Waris Punjab De” group. The Khalistan sympathiser’s uncle Harjit Singh and driver Harpreet Singh gave themselves up earlier than the police previous Sunday midnight.
Harjit Singh, who officers say helped his nephew acquire management over the accounts of ‘Waris Punjab De’, is among the many 5 slapped with the NSA, which permits the preventive detention of anybody who may threaten nationwide safety or public order.
Punjab Inspector Common of Police (Headquarters) Sukhchain Singh Gill instructed reporters that specialised items are concerned within the efforts to nab the preacher, who gave police the slip throughout a automotive chase in Jalandhar district on Saturday.
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Gill indicated that the preacher, who heads Waris Punjab De, is also detained underneath the NSA.
The Punjab Police operation started Saturday, weeks after Amritpal Singh and his supporters stormed the Ajnala police station close to Amritsar to safe the discharge of an arrested affiliate.