New Delhi, September 4: The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has registered a complaint with the United Kingdom, asking the concerned authorities to act against the Pakistani and Khalistani elements who vandalised the Indian High Commission in London. The MEA statement came on Wednesday, a day after unruly protesters damaged the Indian embassy's property while staging a demonstration against the alleged rights' violations in Kashmir.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar issued a strongly worded statement, noting that the continued assault on the Indian High Commission is "unacceptable" to New Delhi. He further appealed the UK government to ensure a safe environment to allow the embassy to discharge its routine functions.
"India is deeply concerned by the reports of unruly demonstrations by Pakistan-incited elements and consequent organised vandalism of the property of the high commission of India in London," Kumar said.
"We consider these incidents to be unacceptable and have strongly urged the Government of UK to take action against those involved, and take necessary steps to ensure the normal functioning of our mission and the safety and security of our personnel," he added.
Video of Protest Outside Indian Embassy:
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Indian High Commission Shares Visual of Vandalism:
Another violent protest outside the Indian High Commission in London today, 3 September 2019. Damage caused to the premises. @foreignoffice @UKinIndia @MEAIndia @DominicRaab @DrSJaishankar @PMOIndia @tariqahmadbt pic.twitter.com/2sv0Qt1xy8
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The protest on Tuesday witnessed nearly 2,500 members of Pakistani and Kashmiri-origin turning out from all parts of the UK. The staged a "Kashmir Freedom March", starting from the Parliament Square till outside the Indian embassy in London.
This was the second major demonstration in the UK against India in less than a month. Earlier, on August 15, several people with Pakistani and Kashmiri flags marched to the Indian embassy and resorted to hooliganism. In both the instances, the protesters threw eggs, tomatoes, shoes, bottles and stones at the High Commission premises.