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Khalistan Movement: Tit-for-tat move? Barricades outside British high commission removed in Delhi |


NEW DELHI: The extra barricades and security deployed outside the British high commission and the residence of UK’s high commissioner Alex Ellis were removed on Wednesday in what appeared to be a response to British authorities failing to prevent vandalisation of the Indian mission by Khalistan supporters in London on Sunday. India had slammed the UK for the unacceptable “indifference” of London authorities to the security of Indian diplomatic premises and personnel, and protested against the “absence of security” outside the Indian mission. Security measures outside UK mission intact, say cops Removal of barricades from the UK high commission and the high commissioner’s residence seemed more of a symbolic gesture as the general security around the area was tightened and intelligence officials too kept a hawk-eyed vigil on movements close to the premises at Chanakyapuri and on Rajaji Marg, respectively, sources said. The British high commission here said it didn’t want to comment on any security-related issue. Police officials in central Delhi, where the high commission is located, too said security arrangements or number of deployed personnel outside the UK mission remained intact, denying that removal of the barricades was aimed at sending a message across to London. “Barricades placed on the pathway towards the commission that created hurdles for commuters have been removed,” a senior police officer said. The Indian mission was vandalised despite India having repeatedly asked the UK authorities to beef up security at the high commission premises. A group of people chanting pro-Khalistan slogans had vandalised the Indian high commission in London on Sunday and taken down the Indian flag. Refusing to be drawn in on the issue, the British high commission spokesperson here said, “We do not comment on security matters.” India had responded similarly, removing the barriers near the US embassy, after IFS officer Devyani Khobragade, serving as the deputy consul general in New York, was strip-searched by US authorities in New York in 2013. The Centre at that time had also asked the US consular staff and their families to return their diplomatic identity cards. Khobragade was charged by US authorities for visa fraud and other offences. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then the CM of Gujarat, had refused to meet a US delegation, to protest against her ill-treatment. Watch Tricolour desecration: India removes barricades outside British High Commission

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