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Vandalism of Indian High Commission in London: India raises matter in Delhi, UK

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

WION New Delhi Sep 06, 2019, 10.10 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

India has officially raised the anti-India protests and consequent vandalisation of Indian High Commission's property both with British High Commission in Delhi and the British Foreign Office in London.

India summoned the British Deputy High Commissioner Jan Thompson in Delhi on Wednesday, a day after the protest took place. The protest, in which two people were arrested by UK's Metropolitan Police took place on Tuesday by members of the Pakistani diaspora and Khalistani who threw objects, one of which broke the windowpane of the mission.

The Ministry of External Affairs had issued a statement saying, "We consider these incidents to be unacceptable and have strongly urged the Government of UK to take action against those involved."

The Indian High Commissioner in London Ruchi Ghanashyam met DG(Political) Foreign office and raised the issue of violent protest. The DG had said the "physical damage to High Commission property was completely unacceptable" adding "safety and security of all diplomatic missions and their staff are of utmost concern to UK".

This is the second time in a month that large protest by Pakistani diaspora has taken place outside the Indian High Commission in London. The last was on August 15, India's Independence Day in which four people were arrested. 

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The Ministry of External Affairs had issued a statement saying, 'We consider these incidents to be unacceptable and have strongly urged the Government of UK to take action against those involved'