In a deeply alarming turn of events, the echoes of Khalistani terrorism have reached the United Kingdom, leaving a stain on diplomatic relations. Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Vikram Doraiswami, faced a distressing situation when he was prevented from entering a gurdwara in Scotland by Khalistani extremists. This incident occurred amid heightened tensions following Canada’s accusation against India, alleging involvement in the killing of terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
A widely circulated video on social media captured the shocking encounter, showing a pro-Khalistan activist blocking Mr. Doraiswami’s entry into the Glasgow Gurdwara on Albert Drive. The footage revealed two individuals near the High Commissioner’s car, one attempting to open the locked door. Eventually, the high commissioner’s vehicle left the premises, leaving behind a flurry of concerns and unanswered questions.
Notably, the Indian High Commissioner had been officially invited by the gurdwara managing committee, highlighting the official recognition of his visit. A longer version of the video exposed further distressing details, depicting Khalistani extremists threatening the gurdwara managing committee staff.
The Indian government has yet to issue an official response. Given the gravity of the situation concerning the high commissioner’s security, sources indicate that a police complaint has been lodged to address the incident formally.
This distressing incident comes in the wake of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversial claim, implicating “Indian government agents” in Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing. India promptly dismissed Trudeau’s accusations, citing a lack of evidence. Reports suggested that this information was shared within an intelligence alliance involving the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. In response, India accused Canada of providing shelter to terrorists, intensifying tensions between the nations.
The strained relations between India and Canada have a history, notably exacerbated during a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trudeau at the G20 summit in Delhi. During this interaction, Modi criticized Trudeau for the rising secessionist activities in Canada. In 2018, India reportedly presented Trudeau with a list of nine Khalistani operatives, underscoring the seriousness of the issue.
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