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LONDON — Home windows at India’s Excessive Fee in London have been smashed and two safety guards have been barely injured throughout an indication by Sikh protesters, police stated Monday.

London’s Metropolitan Police power stated a person was arrested on suspicion of violent dysfunction outdoors the diplomatic mission on Sunday afternoon.

Footage posted on social media confirmed a person detach the Indian flag from a balcony of the constructing whereas a crowd of individuals beneath waving vibrant yellow “Khalistan” banners appeared to encourage him.

They’re believed to be supporters of a Sikh separatist motion looking for to create a brand new homeland or breakaway state.

Police stated officers have been referred to as however protesters had largely dispersed by the point they arrived.

“An investigation was launched, and one male was arrested close by a short while afterward suspicion of violent dysfunction. Inquiries proceed,” the power stated.

The Indian authorities stated it had summoned British Deputy Excessive Commissioner Christina Scott in New Delhi to demand a proof.

“India finds unacceptable the indifference of the U.Ok. authorities to the safety of Indian diplomatic premises and personnel within the U.Ok.,” the Indian authorities stated in an announcement.

The incident in London got here a day after police in India’s Punjab state launched a manhunt to seize Amritpal Singh, a separatist chief who helps the Khalistan motion for a separate Sikh homeland. His supporters staged protests within the majority Sikh state over the weekend and 112 have been arrested, the Press Belief of India information company reported.

On Monday, Punjab remained on excessive alert as police resumed their seek for Singh, whom they accuse of inciting communal tensions.

The Khalistan motion is banned in India, the place officers see it and affiliated teams as a nationwide safety menace. However the motion nonetheless has some help within the state, in addition to past, in nations like Canada and the UK that are residence to a large Sikh diaspora.

On Monday, not less than 200 Sikh protesters affiliated with India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Celebration held demonstrations outdoors the British Excessive Fee in New Delhi over the incident in London. The protesters, who stated they have been additionally demonstrating in opposition to the insult to the Indian flag, tried to march contained in the British embassy however have been stopped by police.

“Some individuals within the cowl of Sikhism try to create an impression that we help Khalistan. We’re in opposition to Khalistan. We don’t need Khalistan,” stated Arvinderpal Singh, a protester.

U.Ok. Overseas Workplace Minister Tariq Ahmad stated he was “appalled” by the violence in London.

“This can be a fully unacceptable motion in opposition to the integrity of the Mission and its workers,” he wrote on Twitter. “The U.Ok. authorities will at all times take the safety of the Indian Excessive Fee critically.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned “the violent dysfunction and vandalism.”

“There isn’t a place in our metropolis for this sort of conduct,” he stated.

Related Press Writers Krutika Pathi and Rishi Lekhi in New Delhi contributed to this story.