December 2, 2023

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‘Khalistan’ hooligans assault journalist in Washington; Indian mission deems it ‘grave, unwarranted’

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Indian embassy in Washington strongly reacted towards a bodily assault confronted by a Press Belief of India journalist whereas overlaying an indication by the supporters of a died-down separatist motion in North Indian state of Punjab.

“Now we have seen disturbing visuals of a senior Indian journalist from Press Belief of India being abused, threatened and assaulted bodily whereas overlaying so known as ‘Khalistan protest’ in Washington DC. We perceive that the journalist was first verbally intimidated, then bodily assaulted, and fearing for his private security and well-being, needed to name in legislation enforcement businesses, who responded promptly,” Indian embassy in Washington mentioned in an official assertion. 

“We condemn such a grave and unwarranted assault on a senior journalist. Such actions solely underscore the violent and anti-social tendencies of the so known as ‘Khalistani protesters’ and their supporters, who routinely interact in wanton violence and vandalism,” it added.

The journalist who was attacked, was overlaying a pro-Khalistan protest outdoors the Indian embassy in Washington D.C. on Saturday afternoon.

The US Secret Service, nonetheless, shortly sprung into motion, and guarded the journalist whereas letting him do his job.

The journalist was hit on his left ear with two sticks by pro-Khalistan supporters.

He additionally shared a video of the Khalistani supporters on his Twitter deal with.

“Thanks @SecretService 4 my safety 2day 4 serving to do my job, in any other case I might have been scripting this from hospital. The gentleman under hit my left ear with these 2 sticks & earlier I needed to name 9/11 & rushed 2 police van 4 security fearing bodily assault,” the journalist tweeted on Sunday.

The journalist has reportedly determined to take no motion towards those that heckled him.

“The professional-Khalistan protesters in help of Amrit Pal waved Khalistan flags and descended upon the embassy within the presence of the US Secret Service. They even overtly threatened to vandalise the embassy and threatened the Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu,” the heckled journalist was quoted as saying by information company ANI.

The protesters included turbaned males of all ages who raised pro-Khalistan slogans. They got here in from totally different components of the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) space.

The organisers used mics to make anti-India speeches each in English and Punjabi languages and focused the Punjab Police for alleged human rights violations.
A number of occasions of protests by supporters of Khalistan have been staged outdoors the Indian embassy and the San Francisco Consulate. Earlier this week, the Indian Consulate in San Francisco was additionally attacked on March 20.

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Visuals shared on-line present an enormous mob brandishing Khalistan flags mounted on wood poles, utilizing them to smash glass doorways and home windows of the consulate constructing.

They raised pro-Khalistan slogans as they broke by means of makeshift safety limitations raised by town police and put in two Khalistani flags contained in the premises.

The USA has condemned the assault on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco and any assault towards diplomatic amenities inside the US. The US has pledged to defend the security, and safety of those amenities in addition to the diplomats who work inside them.

“The USA condemns the assault on the Indian Consulate and any assault towards diplomatic amenities inside america. We pledge to defend the security and safety of those amenities in addition to the diplomats who work inside them,” US State Division spokesperson instructed ANI.

(With inputs from businesses)


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