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Extremists in favor of Khalistan halted the Indian ambassador to the UK at a gurdwara in Scotland

<p>Vikram Doraiswami, the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, was visiting Scotland this week when pro-Khalistan fanatics stopped him from entering a gurdwara in Glasgow.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-213015″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-extremists-in-favor-of-khalistan-halted-the-indian-ambassador-to-the-uk-at-a-gurdw-750×422.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com extremists in favor of khalistan halted the indian ambassador to the uk at a gurdw” width=”1374″ height=”773″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-extremists-in-favor-of-khalistan-halted-the-indian-ambassador-to-the-uk-at-a-gurdw-750×422.jpg 750w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-extremists-in-favor-of-khalistan-halted-the-indian-ambassador-to-the-uk-at-a-gurdw-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-extremists-in-favor-of-khalistan-halted-the-indian-ambassador-to-the-uk-at-a-gurdw-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-extremists-in-favor-of-khalistan-halted-the-indian-ambassador-to-the-uk-at-a-gurdw-390×220.jpg 390w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-extremists-in-favor-of-khalistan-halted-the-indian-ambassador-to-the-uk-at-a-gurdw-150×84.jpg 150w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-extremists-in-favor-of-khalistan-halted-the-indian-ambassador-to-the-uk-at-a-gurdw.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 1374px) 100vw, 1374px” title=”Extremists in favor of Khalistan halted the Indian ambassador to the UK at a gurdwara in Scotland 6″></p>
<p>Members of Sikh Youths UK shared recordings of their confrontation with gurdwara authorities during a scheduled visit to Glasgow Gurdwara Guru Granth Sahib on Albert Drive on Friday. A number of them approached the High Commissioner’s vehicle and begged him to leave.</p>
<p>According to the local police, they were summoned to the “disturbance” and their investigations are still underway.</p>
<p>“On Friday, September 29, at 1:05 pm, we received a call about a disturbance that had taken place in Glasgow’s Albert Drive neighborhood. No injuries were reported, and investigations are continue to determine the exact facts, according to a Police Scotland spokeswoman.</p>
<p>Following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s declaration in the nation’s Parliament last week that the authorities are “actively pursuing credible allegations” relating to Indian government involvement in the murder of Nijjar, a designated terrorist, claims that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has vehemently rejected as “absurd and motivated” are now being investigated.</p>
<p>In a video that was shared on social media after the incident in Glasgow, a Sikh man is heard saying, “This is exactly how we should be greeting any Indian ambassador, anyone from the Indian government who comes in an official capacity under any excuse of doing visa applications or whatever it might be.”</p>
<p>The event occurred at the close of the High Commissioner’s two-day tour to Scotland, which included meetings and conversations with local political figures, diaspora members, business leaders, and academic groups.</p>
<p>The meeting at the gurdwara was organized as part of the activities at the request of the gurdwara committee to meet Sikh organizations and discuss their worries regarding consular and other issues, according to sources in the know. According to sources, a few extreme and superfluous foreigners disrupted a community engagement and interaction that the majority of the city’s peace-loving Sikhs had planned.</p>
<p>The subject of British Sikh Jagtar Singh Johal being held in India on terrorism-related accusations was also brought up during his meeting with Scotland’s First Minister, Hamza Yousaf.</p>
<p>In response to some of the points made by FM (First Minister Hamza) Yousaf, the High Commissioner emphasized that Mr. Johal, who is charged with eight severe counts of terrorism, is receiving due process as required by law. The Indian High Commission tweeted in relation to the meeting, “FM also ‘appreciated’ HC’s clear message that rights of all groups are safeguarded in India’s pluralist and democratic democracy.</p>
<p>The Indian delegation further said that topics discussed with Scottish authorities included collaboration between India and Scotland in the fintech, sustainable agriculture, tourism, and water conservation sectors.</p>
<p>The packed two-day itinerary included a visit to the Scottish Parliament, a lecture at the University of Edinburgh titled “India@75,” a discussion at the University of Strathclyde, and a breakfast meeting with top business executives on subjects like whisky, aviation, energy, agriculture, the green economy, space exploration, and investments.</p>
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