Scotland Yard has made a significant breakthrough in the investigation into the attack on the Indian High Commission in London that occurred on March 19th earlier this year. A British-Sikh man was arrested on Monday, October 2nd, on suspicion of “violent disorder” in connection with the protest, marking a key development in the ongoing case.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that the arrest took place during a demonstration outside India House in London and was linked to the violent protest that unfolded on March 19th. The arrested individual has been released on bail, pending further inquiries into the matter.
The incident in question involved pro-Khalistan extremists scaling the High Commission building and attempting to pull down the Indian national flag. During the attack, objects were hurled at the building, and windows were shattered, resulting in at least one official being injured.
This arrest is part of a broader investigation led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The NIA had identified over a dozen individuals believed to be responsible for the violent attack on the High Commission. In June, they released photographs of these suspects, signaling their commitment to bringing those responsible to justice.
The attack on the Indian High Commission had prompted a swift response from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), which summoned the senior-most UK diplomat in New Delhi to convey India’s “strong protest” against the actions of separatist and extremist elements in London.
The ongoing investigation and recent arrest underscore the seriousness with which the UK authorities and India are treating this incident. The case highlights the need for diplomatic cooperation and the shared commitment to maintaining the safety and security of diplomatic missions around the world.