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The Indian community held a large protest in front of the Indian High Commission in London against the desecration of the tricolour by Khalistan supporters.
Registering a strong protest against the pulling down of tricolour flying atop the Indian High Commission in London, the Indian diaspora gathered outside the office demanding strict action in the incident. Urging the British government and London mayor Sadiq Khan to act swiftly against Khalistani supporters who disrespected the Indian flag.
In videos shared by news agency ANI, a huge crowd of protestors were seen waving Indian flags in a nod to the large outpouring of support from the NRIs in Britain against the pro-Khalistani act.
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One protestor told ANI that the government and mayor should step up action instead of releasing statements. Another protestor expressed dismay and outrage at the ‘insulting’ act and asserted that the community stands united against the desecration of the flag.
In a separate video, a British police officer was seen grooving along with the diaspora to the song ‘Jai Ho’ from the movie 'Slumdog Millionaire'.
News agency PTI also shared videos of protestors who condemned the Khalistani movement. "…will never win because it's a movement based on terror," said Jayu Shah of Friends of India Society International (FISI) - an international NGO working to promote India.
The tricolour was pulled down days after Punjab Police launched a crackdown against radical preacher Amritpal Singh, who is fighting for the creation of Khalistan - a proposed independent nation for Sikhs.
On Monday, members of the Sikh community expressed their solidarity with India by staging a protest outside the UK mission in Delhi.The external affairs ministry in New Delhi, meanwhile, summoned the senior-most British diplomat to lodge a protest.
The British High Commissioner Alex Ellis in a tweet on Tuesday criticised the attack on the Indian High Commission in the UK as ‘disgraceful’.
He wrote, "I condemn the disgraceful acts today against the people and premises of the High Commission of India - totally unacceptable."
(With inputs from ANI)