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Tamils attack India House in UK

world Updated: Apr 27, 2009 23:58 IST
Vijay Dutt

Hundreds of Tamilian activists protesting outside the Indian High Commission in London on Monday morning turned violent and attempted to damage the historic India House building.

Hundreds of Tamil activists assembled outside the Indian High Commission in the morning and shouted anti-India slogans. They were protesting against the Indian government’s policies on the Tamil issue.

Later, about five agitated protesters broke into the building through the main door, just when the commission was opening for the day. The protesters, however, were overpowered by the commission’s security staff. Later, the Metropolitan police officers took them away.

The protesters even tried to shatter the windows in the front of the building by pelting stones. The agitators were demanding that the Indian government force Sri Lanka to call off its offensive against the LTTE. Two weeks ago, the bronze bust of Jawaharlal Nehru mounted on a pedestal in India Place, a public square, was also found uprooted from the pedestal.