New Delhi(London):28/1:(odiannews):Videos and still images of the protest outside India House showed one flag being burned, others being stamped and kicked around by demonstrators shouting pro-Khalistan and anti-India slogans, holding placards with images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and national security advisor Ajit Doval in the presence of some British police personnel.
India on Monday lodged a strong protest over the burning of the Indian flag outside its high commission on Saturday, Republic Day of India by pro-Khalistan supporters, while the Foreign Office said it is “disappointed” over the second such incident within a year.
A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that anyone would choose to burn the Indian flag on any day, let alone the celebration of Republic Day, and we regret the upset that this will have caused.”
“We congratulate India on her 69th Republic Day celebration, and look forward to deepening our relationship further as we prepare to leave the European Union and forge new partnerships with key global allies.”
The incident appeared set to spark another round of diplomatic tension on issues related to "Khalistan" that have engaged the two countries since the mid-1980s. London and the UK have long been the base of groups and individuals supporting "Khalistan".