India's Congress slams Modi for 'boastful' claim on 'surgical strikes'

Oscar Cross
April 23, 2018

A United Kingdom foreign and commonwealth office spokesperson said they were disappointed with the action taken by the group and have contacted High Commissioner Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha.

The pro-Khalistani demonstrators from the Sikh Federation UK and "Minorities Against Modi" group, led by Pakistani-origin peer Lord Ahmed, were among almost 500 protesters who descended upon Parliament Square.

Almost 40 per cent of India's rape victims are children and the 40,000 reported rapes in 2016 marked a 60 per cent increase over the level in 2012 - the year that a sickening rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in the capital New Delhi sparked nationwide demonstrations. They were protesting the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, the murder of Bengaluru-based journalist Gauri Lankesh and other issues. "Enquiries continue", a Metropolitan Police statement said. "Police are investigating after an Indian flag in Parliament Square was pulled down at 1500 (UK time) on Wednesday, 18 April". There have been no arrests.

"We're deeply anguished with the incident involving our national flag", Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told a press conference.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New Delhi on Saturday after his successful visit to Sweden, England and Germany.

When asked about recent incident of cross border firing on Pak-Afghan border, Dr Muhammad Faisal said both the sides were continuing negotiations to address their misunderstandings. The flag was immediately replaced.

According to agency reports, almost 500 protesters were gathered upon Parliament Square holding placards that read "Modi go home" while others condemned the incidents of rape. "We have expressed our concerns with the British authorities and they have apologised for the incident". The group also included some Kashmiri separatist groups, according to DNA.

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