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High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam on a cleaning mission in London

High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam, wearing gloves and wielding a broom, led a team of volunteers from the Indian community to clean the egg shells, tomato stains, smoke bomb marks on the historic India House at Aldwych. She was supported by Deputy High Commissioner Charanjeet Singh and other top diplomats…. reports Kaliph Anaz

High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam on a cleaning mission in London

Emulate Gandhiji when the going gets tough. The top most diplomat in the UK follow the principles of India’s Father of the nation to clear up the mess created by unruly Pakistani protesters in Central London.

High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam, wearing gloves and wielding a broom, led a team of volunteers from the Indian community to clean the egg shells, tomato stains, smoke bomb marks on the historic India House at Aldwych. She was supported by Deputy High Commissioner Charanjeet Singh and other top diplomats. Several families were also joined the mission.

Despite repeated requests, the Metropolitan Police failed to provide adequate security to the Indian mission and its staff on two occasion. There were just four arrests on August 15 and two arrests on Sept. 3. The police refused to disclose the charges or the status of the arrested protesters.

Hundreds of Pakistani protesters arrived in sponsored coaches from all over England with stones, smoke bombs, bottles, eggs and tomatoes for a PEACEFUL PROTEST against New Delhi’s decision to revoke a special status to Kashmir. There are videos showing metropolitan police standing idle protesters throwing smoke bombs at the Indian mission and smashing antique window-pans of Grade II listed building. The building was under siege for more than six hours.

 by . Regarding the protests in London, the Met police rule books says: In accordance with the Vienna Convention we have a duty to protect London’s embassies and diplomatic missions as well. In situations like this, we’ll sometimes install temporary barriers. This is either to control the flow of people passing by or to prevent vehicles from stopping.

The barricades were still in the premises and the protesters broke it with their might. Metropolitan Police and London Mayor Sadiq Khan draw flak for their failure to protect India House from Pakistan sponsored protesters in London. They were accused of hiding behind the outdated right to protest rules to justify their action. Most of the major protesters are now taking place at Trafalgar Square. Recently the Square witnessed a major protest against the Communist state’s intervention in Hong Kong.

The Pakistanis arrived in sponsored coaches on a working day to stage a major protest against India’s decision on Kashmir. The protest was called by the Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and was supported by all Kashmiri and Pakistani groups in Britain, including the British chapters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (JI).

London: The Indian High Commission in London was once again attacked and vandalised by Pakistani protestors agitating against the scrapping of Article 370 and the restrictions imposed in Kashmir. (Photo: IANS/MEA) by .
London: The Indian High Commission in London was once again attacked and vandalised by Pakistani protestors agitating against the scrapping of Article 370 and the restrictions imposed in Kashmir. (Photo: IANS/MEA)

This is the second attack on London’s Indian High Commission building in less than a month. Pakistani protesters had attacked the building on August 15 as well.

Celebrity Londoner Katie Hopkins, meanwhile condemns the attack on India House by Pakistani protesters.

“There are eggs on the front door,” Hopkins said in the viral video. “Eggs and tomato stains all over the embassy building. Windows here were broken and damaged. This is happening in our capital city. What I can’t understand is that the embassy building of one of our closest allies looking in this state.”

India House is one among the historic building in the location. Others in the row are Bush House, Marconi House, Australia House, London School of Economics and King’s College London.

Proposed in 1925 by the Indian High Commissioner Sir Atul Chatterjee, the building was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and completed in 1930. It was formally inaugurated on 8 July 1930 by the King-Emperor George V.

 

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