In a shocking incident, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was desecrated in Washington on Saturday (December 12) by some supporters of the Khalistani movement during a protest organized by young Sikh-Americans in support of farmers protesting at the Delhi borders against the three new agricultural laws implemented. In the center.
Young people were also seen waving ‘Khalistan’ flags during the protest. A yellow flag was placed over the Gandhi statue along with cardboard cutouts and posters taped to it.
The Indian Embassy in the United States raised a strong objection to the incident and condemned the “malicious act of hooligans disguised as protesters.”
“The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Square in front of the Embassy was defaced by Khalistani elements on December 12, 2020. The Embassy strongly condemns this malicious act by hooligans posing as protesters against the universally respected icon. of peace and justice, ”he said in a statement.
The Indian Embassy has also filed a strong protest with US law enforcement and has urged the State Department to investigate the matter and take strict action against those involved in this incident.
On Saturday, several Sikhs from in and around the metropolitan area of Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, held a car rally at the Indian Embassy in downtown Washington DC to register your protest against the new farm laws.
But Sikh separatists soon seized on the peaceful protest and began to launch slogans against India. These people were seen carrying Khalistani flags with anti-India posters and banners claiming to represent the Republic of Khalistan.
Meanwhile, Delhi police have increased security by deploying additional personnel and installing multi-layered barricades at various border points in light of the farmers’ call to intensify their protest against the Center’s new agricultural laws and block the Jaipur-Delhi highway. on Sunday (December 15).
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Thousands of farmers have been protesting at various border points in Delhi for more than two weeks, demanding the repeal of the new farm laws.