Khalistani supporters threaten Indian envoy to US, thrash PTI journalist

Khalistani supporters reportedly threatened Indian envoy to the United States even as an Indian journalist was assaulted during a protest organized by Khalistani supporters to express solidarity with absconding secessionist leader Amritpal Singh.

The protestors outside the Indian embassy in Washington DC went into a tirade against Indian ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, according to the Hindustan Times.  They hurled abusive language and openly threatened Indian ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Sandhu was not in the embassy at the time of the protest. The protesters also instigated people for violence, including physical damage to the Indian Embassy property.

They announced that the “hypocrisy will come to an end the people at the embassy would have nowhere run to. “There will come a day when the windows of your cars will break and you will have nowhere to run to,” said one of the protesters. They also alleged that the Indian government is killing citizens from all communities all over the country.

“We want to remind him that it is unacceptable for you guys to kill minorities, to rape Christian women, to kill innocent Sikh men, to kill Muslims, to kill people in Nagaland, and then come here and say that you’re the biggest democracy. This hypocrisy comes to an end now,” one of the protesters ranted.

Hundreds of protesters, overwhelmingly in turban, of all ages raised slogans in support of separate land for Sikhs. They also used loudspeakers pronounce their support and made anti-India speeches both in English and Punjabi. They accused Indian authorities of human rights violations.

On the other hand, Lalit K Jha, who is the Press Trust of India correspondent in the US, was verbally intimidated and physically assaulted by Khalistan supporters while he was covering the protest at the Indian Embassy in Washington on Saturday. The Secret Service personnel asked the reporter if he was ok and if he wanted to lodge a complaint, according to Hindustan Times. The journalist, however, said he did not intend to lodge a complaint.

“We have seen disturbing visuals of a senior Indian journalist from the Press Trust of India being abused, threatened & assaulted physically while covering the so-called ‘Khalistan protest’ in Washington DC earlier today,” the Indian Embassy in the US said in a statement.

Khalistan supporters have been holding protests in various cities across the world to show solidarity with Amritpal Singh, against whom authorities have launched a crackdown in India. A massive protest held outside the Indian High Commission happened in London, with the security personnel finding it difficult to control it. Meanwhile, India has removed the security barriers outside the UK high commission and the residence of the British high commissioner in retaliation. It is said to be a retaliatory move.

-INDIA NEWS STREAM

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