Indian flag burned outside high commission in the UK - second such incident in a year
London : Pro-Khalistani supporters on Saturday burned Indian flag outside India's high commission in the United Kingdom. The foreign office has said that it is 'disappointed' over the second such incident in just one year.
India will be raising the issue at various levels at it had earlier informed the British Security officials about the possibility of such incident on January 26.
A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that anyone would chose to burn the Indian flag on any day, let alone the celebration of Republic Day, and we regret the upset that this will have caused.”
“We congratulate India on her 69th Republic Day celebration, and look forward to deepening our relationship further as we prepare to leave the European Union and forge new partnerships with key global allies.”
In the images and videos shared on social media, the pro-Khalistani supporters can be seen burning Indian flag along with portraits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of some British police personnel.
The incident appeared set to spark another round of diplomatic tension on issues related to ‘Khalistan’ that have engaged the two countries since the mid-1980s. London and the UK have long been the base of groups and individuals supporting ‘Khalistan’.