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Man arrested in connection with Indian High Commission attack

A British Sikh was arrested during a protest outside India House on Monday (2)

Pro-Khalistani protesters outside the Indian High Commission in London, UK. (Photo: ANI)

By: Pramod Thomas

THE Metropolitan Police has arrested a man on suspicion of “violent disorder” in connection with an attack on the Indian High Commission in London in March this year.

The Met said the man, who was arrested during a protest outside India House on Monday (2), was held in connection with a protest on March 19 and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

A British Sikh man was seen being led away by police officers on patrol during Monday’s protest, called to demand UK government intervention over Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s claims of alleged Indian involvement in the killing of wanted terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. An allegation strongly rejected by India as “absurd and motivated”.

“On Monday, a man was arrested outside the Indian High Commission on suspicion of violent disorder in relation to a protest at the same venue on 19 March,” the Met statement said.

“The man was taken into custody and has been bailed pending further enquiries.”

The man can be named only after he is charged but is believed to be one of over a dozen individuals identified by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to have been responsible for the attack on the High Commission of India on March 19, when pro-Khalistan extremists scaled the building and attempted to pull down the Indian national flag.

At least one official was injured as objects were hurled at the building and windows were shattered.

At the time, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) summoned the senior-most UK diplomat in New Delhi to convey India’s “strong protest” at the actions of separatist and extremist elements against the High Commission in London.

In June, the NIA released photographs of suspects they believe were involved in the violent protest as the central agency took over the probe after home ministry officials met UK representatives in the wake of the attack.

The latest arrest comes as police revealed that it had found “no criminality” related to the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Vikram Doraiswami, being blocked from a gurdwara by pro-Khalistan extremists in Glasgow last week.

“Following extensive enquiries into a report of a disturbance in the Albert Drive area of Glasgow on Friday, September 29, 2023, no criminality has been established,” said a spokesperson.

The police had been summoned over the “disgraceful incident” as three people “deliberately disrupted“ the planned community visit and one man even attempted to violently force open the diplomatic vehicle as senior diplomats arrived at Glasgow Gurdwara Guru Granth Sahib on Albert Drive.

(PTI)

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