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After violent protests by Pak groups outside Indian High Commission, India takes up issue with UK

File photo: Demonstrators protest the scrapping of the special constitutional status in Kashmir, outside the Indian High Commission in London. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi Aug 19, 2019, 05.23 PM (IST) Reported By: Sidhant Sibal

India has taken up with the United Kingdom the violent protests which took place outside the Indian High Commission on Independence Day and conveyed its concerns on how the security of the mission was undermined. 

Thousands of protestors from Pakistani and Khalistani groups in London clashed violently outside the Indian High Commission on India's Independence Day even as the authorities tried to control the mob. 

Though the Indian mission was informed that protests will take place and asked to take all precautionary measures, the scale at which it took place and dramatic visuals that were seen left many members of Indian diaspora shocked. 

The protestors raised anti-India slogans and were carrying anti-India placards and tried to attack members of Indian diaspora who were at Indian mission to celebrate Independence Day.  London's  Metropolitan Police has arrested four people in the aftermath of the clashes in which one person was injured.  

In a statement, Metropolitan Police said: "The event was largely peaceful but officers did have to react and deal with a small number of incidents as they happened. In total there were four arrests for Section 4 of the Public Order Act, affray, obstruction of police and possession of an offensive weapon." 

"Public order trained officers were policing today's demonstration as part of a planned operation. One person was injured during the demonstrations," the Metropolitan police added. 

Even as the protests were taking place, Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanshyam unfurled the Indian flag at the India House amid the slogans of Jai hind and Vande Matram. 

Meanwhile, the British High Commission in New Delhi speaking to WION said, "Yesterday’s protest outside the Indian High Commission in London was overwhelmingly peaceful. We were in close contact with our colleagues at the Indian High Commission throughout the day." 

Many members of Indian diaspora were trapped in the premises of the Indian High Commission as members of Pakistani diaspora and Khalistanis clashed with police. 

Protests by Pakistani groups have taken place outside the Indian mission in South Korea, Washington, London, Belgium, Germany in the aftermath of Indian government's decision to remove the special status for erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. 
 

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Thousands of protestors from Pakistani and Khalistani groups in London clashed violently outside the Indian High Commission on India's Independence Day.