Vandalism at Indian Mission in London: India shows evidence to UK

Written By: Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Shivani Kumar WION
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Sep 05, 2019, 12:07 PM(IST)

File photo: Violent protest outside the Indian High Commission in London. (Image courtesy: Twitter/India in the UK) Photograph:( Twitter )

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Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam met Director General (DG) of UK Foreign office and raised the matter of violent protest outside the High Commission. 

India on Wednesday shared the evidence of vandalisation of the Indian high commission property by Pakistani diaspora in London during the anti-India protest that happened on Tuesday.

Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam met Director General (DG) of UK Foreign office and raised the matter of violent protest outside the High Commission. 

DG said "physical damage to High Commission property was completely unacceptable" adding, "safety and security of all diplomatic missions and their staff are of upmost concern to the UK."

India had strongly reacted to the second major protest within one month to happen in front of the Indian mission in London.

The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a statement said, "We consider these incidents to be unacceptable and have strongly urged the Government of UK to take action against those involved."

Meanwhile, following Tuesday's protests, two people have been arrested by the UK's Metropolitan Police.

The protestors had thrown objects at the Indian mission leading to damage to the property. Indian mission had tweeted a picture of a damaged window pane.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan reacted to the incident saying he "utterly condemn this unacceptable behaviour and have raised this incident with Metropolitan Police to take action." 

However, the British High Commission called the protests "largely peaceful" with the police ensuring a "safe perimeter".

The first incident of large scale violent protests happened on India's Independence Day on August 15 in which four people were arrested. In a telephonic conversation in August, Indian Prime Minister has raised the matter with British counterpart Boris Johnson during which the latter had assured the safety of the Indian mission.

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