Following the recent incident of heckling and assault on the Indian High Commissioner outside a UK Gurudwara in Glasgow by a group of pro-Khalistani extremists, another disturbing episode involving an attack on an Indian Sikh has come to light. Allegedly, these pro-Khalistani activists, in an attempt to intimidate the UK-based Indian, discharged a firearm at his car and splashed red paint on it. This alarming incident unfolded on the morning of Sunday, October 1.
Harman Singh, the Indian Sikh targeted in this incident, took to social media to share a video message addressing Major (Retd) Gaurav Arya. In his message, Harman Singh disclosed that he has been subjected to harassment by these pro-Khalistani extremists for the past eight months. He claimed to have received threatening messages from these radical elements, and when he refused to yield to their demands, they resorted to violence by firing a bullet at his car and dousing it with red paint.
Meanwhile, this latest attack on an Indian citizen is viewed as a provocative act within the UK. Given the consecutive instances of mob attacks involving pro-Khalistani elements, India is now awaiting a response from the UK government.
India raised the incident before the UK government
In the wake of the two recent incidents in the UK, experts are emphasizing the rapid and undeniable growth of the Khalistani threat.
Harman Singh, a UK resident, conveyed in his video message to Major (Retd) Gaurav Arya that he has been enduring continuous attacks for the past eight months. He, along with his family, has faced thousands of death and rape threats, but they have remained resolute and refused to yield to these threats.
Shockingly, Harman has alleged that despite all these attacks on him and his family, the UK police have taken no substantial action in response to the matter.
Earlier, a group of pro-Khalistan extremists had assaulted the High Commissioner of India in London outside a Gurudwara in Glasgow. They obstructed his entry into the Gurudwara deliberately. Vikram Doraiswami, the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, had come to participate in a planned interaction with the community at the Gurudwara. Furthermore, one of the extremists made a violent attempt to forcibly open the High Commissioner’s car door, allegedly to attack the Indian consul, and directed abusive language at him.
This incident raised significant diplomatic concerns between the two nations, leading India to bring up the matter with the UK government. India deemed the incident disgraceful and demanded that the UK government take appropriate action. The High Commission of India in London issued a statement following the incident. However, the UK has yet to respond with concrete measures against these incidents.
Colin Bloom, a former government advisor, expressed his shock at the incident and stated, “The events outside the Gurudwara in Glasgow deeply shocked me.” It underscores and underscores the disturbing presence of Khalistani extremists in the United Kingdom.”
This latest incident, occurring amidst an escalating bilateral dispute between India and Canada over the sheltering of Khalistani extremist elements in Canada, has once again heightened concerns about the growing pro-Khalistani activities on foreign soil.