Indian High Commission Vandalised Again Within A Month Over Kashmir Issue, 2 Men Arrested

Indian High Commission in London vandalized by Pakistani protestors on September 3. This is the second such incident of violence at the Indian High Commission within a month's period.

On Tuesday, The Indian High Commission was vandalized by thousands of protestors led by British Pakistani groups. These people were protesting over the abrogation of the special status of Jammu&Kashmir and the security and communication lockdown of the region by the central government.

Police reportedly arrested two people over charges of criminal charges and would remain in custody. The High Commission tweeted about the damage caused to its premises. London Mayor Sadiq Khan replied to the tweet.

“I utterly condemn this unacceptable behavior and have raised this incident with Metropolitan Police UK to take action," he said.

Later, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs released a statement.

"This is the second time in less than a month that such an incident has taken place affecting security and normal functioning of our Mission. We consider these incidents to be unacceptable and have strongly urged Govt of UK to take action against those involved. And take the necessary steps to ensure the normal functioning of our mission and the safety and security of our personnel," it said.

The 'Kashmir Freedom March' began at Parliament Square on Tuesday with chants of 'azadi' and 'stop shelling in Kashmir'. The protestors marched towards the Indian High Commission and carried anti-Indian placards. 

Syed Touqeer Gilani who helped organize the demonstration said protesters were demanding for the Indian government to lift the curfew imposed on Kashmiris by Modi regime. He said the protest was non-political and peaceful and those involved in vandalism were planted to sabotage the democratic and peaceful protest. 

UK Opposition Labour Party MP from Birmingham, Liam Byrne, has launched an online petition over the Kashmir issue and was among the politicians backing Tuesday’s protests.

“Today thousands of people marched from Downing Street to the Indian High Commission to send a clear message to Modi – you cannot silence the people of Kashmir," he said.

Indian origin Tory MP Shailesh Vara urged the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to condemn the violent attacks. The Foreign Secretary while adressing the House Of Commons answered a series of questions and called violence against any community is "deplorable". 

"We want to see a reduction of tensions in Kashmir, respect for internationally recognized human rights and steps from all sides to rebuild confidence," he further said.

This was the second such attack at Indian High Commission premises within a month's period. On August 15, the Indian Independence Day celebrations were deranged by the Pakistani led protestor groups. They had hurled stones and eggs at the building. London Police had also arrested 4 people for the clashes.

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