New Delhi, September 22nd
Following incidents of violence against the Indian community in Leicester and Birmingham, the Foreign Office said Thursday the Indian High Commission is in contact with the British side to prevent further attacks and take action against the perpetrators.
The Indian High Commission on Monday strongly condemned violence against the Indian community and vandalism of Hindu buildings in the eastern English city of Leicester and called for immediate action against those involved.
British police said on Wednesday a “minor disturbance” during a protest outside a Hindu temple in the city of Birmingham with firecrackers aimed at police officers led to the arrest of a man and the use of stop and search powers.
When asked about the incidents, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi referred to the High Commission’s statement condemning the violence.
“Our High Commission remains in touch with the British side. We are in contact with diplomatic and security authorities to prevent further attacks and to take action against the perpetrators,” he said.
During his meeting in New York with his British counterpart James Cleverly, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar raised the issue, he said.
Jaishankar had shared his concerns with his British counterpart Cleverly about the security and well-being of the Indian community in the UK and welcomed his reassurances on the matter.
“A cordial chat with the UK Foreign Secretary @JamesCleverly. Discussed the further development of the 2030 Roadmap. Appreciate his commitment to deepening our partnership,” Jaishankar tweeted on Wednesday.
Referring to Indians being held in the Myawaddy area of southeastern Myanmar, Bagchi said, “We know of IT companies recruiting Indian workers under the pretense of jobs in Thailand, who were then taken to Myanmar.”
“Thanks to our efforts, we have facilitated the rescue of some people,” he said.