Tharoor condemns vandalism of Indian High Commission in London
20 March, 2023 | Pragati Singh
British Police are completely derelict in their duty and they allow this nonsense to happen.
In response to the devastation of the Indian High Commission in London, Congress Member Shashi Tharoor questioned the involvement of British authorities and stated that such “nonsense” must not be condoned.
Talking to ANI, Tharoor said, “It is utterly shocking that this was allowed to happen. The real problem is not inside the High Commission but on the premises outside, which is the responsibility of the local authorities, in this case, the British authorities, to protect”. “If the British Police are completely derelict in their duty and they allow this nonsense to happen, this is a major insult that we can’t tolerate,” he added.
Separatist and extremist individuals vandalised the Indian High Commission in London on Sunday. In response, the senior-most UK diplomat in New Delhi was called late Sunday evening to express India’s strong condemnation of the occurrence.
An explanation for the utter lack of British security that allowed these people to penetrate the High Commission premises was required. She was reminded of the UK Government’s basic duties under the Vienna Convention in this regard.
“India finds unacceptable the indifference of the UK Government to the security of Indian diplomatic premises and personnel in the UK,” the MEA press release said.
Demanding “immediate steps” from the UK Government, the official press release from the MEA said, “It is expected that the UK Government would take immediate steps to identify, arrest and prosecute each one of those involved in today’s incident, and put in place stringent measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.”