Videos of pro-Khalistan protesters outside the Indian high commission in the UK had gone viral on social media. Amidst chants of Khalistan zindabad, a protestor climbed onto the flagpole outside the door and brought down the Indian flag without any hindrance from any security personnel.
Khalistan supporters in London
In a protest by Khalistan supporters at the High Commission of India in London, a protestor on Sunday climbed the mission’s balcony and pulled down the Indian flag.
In a viral video of the incident, a man is seen on the balcony bringing down the Indian flag. Toward the end of the video, a man believed to be an Indian official comes to the balcony from inside the mission and seizes the flag before the protestor could do any further destruction.
Supporters of #AmritpalSingh and #Khalistan pull down the indian flag at the indian high commission in London. Local authorities and police need to wake up and stop anti India activities. It’s high time. pic.twitter.com/obwTru0vGP
— Sudhir Chaudhary (@sudhirchaudhary) March 19, 2023
Responding strongly to the breach of security at the Indian mission, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) summoned British Deputy High Commissioner Christina Scott in New Delhi to register its protest.
India lodges strong protest with UK.
Press Release ➡️ https://t.co/Apz9tgy1Ki pic.twitter.com/PV2VyUw1Lt
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) March 19, 2023
London Mayor Sadiq Khan and British High Commissioner Alex Ellis later condemned the vandalism at the Indian mission.
In a tweet, Khan said, “I condemn the violent disorder and vandalism that took place at the Indian High Commission today. There is no place in our city for this kind of behavior. An investigation has been launched by the Met into today’s events.”
I condemn the disgraceful acts today against the people and premises of the @HCI_London – totally unacceptable.
— Alex Ellis (@AlexWEllis) March 19, 2023
Ellis tweeted that the act was “totally unacceptable” and “disgraceful”.
The savage Reply
Now, the Indian High Commission in London has responded to Khalistan supporters, who tried to replace the Tricolour with the Khalistan flag, in a grand way.
A picture of a massive Indian National Flag, flying on the Indian mission’s building has now gone viral. This comes hours after India summoned the UK diplomat and scolded her for the absence of British security and the ‘indifference’ shown by the UK Government.
Well done @HCI_London – The Tiranga, bigger than ever before is a befitting answer to the Khalistani thugs who vandalised the tricolor in London at the Indian High Commission in support of separatist #AmritpalSingh pic.twitter.com/ISlZu3K8Xj
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) March 20, 2023
Netizens are also lauding the boldness of the Indian official, who pulled the Khalistan flag from the miscreant who took down the Indian flag.