NIA steps in to probe recent attacks on Indian embassies in US & Canada
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the investigation into a series of attacks carried out by Khalistani elements in Indian missions in the US and Canada, Delhi Police sources said on Saturday.
Earlier, the Delhi Police Special Cell had registered two FIRs under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) regarding the attacks that took place in March in San Francisco and Toronto in March.
Following a careful examination of the case, the police decided to transfer the investigation to the NIA, given their expertise in dealing with cases involving terrorism and transnational elements, the sources said.
In recent times, there have been instances of pro-Khalistan supporters in the US issuing threats towards New Delhi’s Ambassador to Washington, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, during their protests.
On March 20, multiple videos captured a large mob launching an attack on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, while loud Punjabi music played in the background.
The assailants had vandalized the outer wall of the building by spray-painting a prominent graffiti that read “Free Amritpal”, referring to the jailed Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh.
The attackers used the wooden butts of Khalistan flags, which they had been waving earlier, to smash the glass doors and windows of the Consulate.
Also in March, pro-Khalistan supporters organized a protest outside the Consulate General of India in Toronto during which they reportedly engaged in acts of aggression towards Indian-origin journalists who were present at the scene.
In response, the External Affairs Ministry had lodged a “strong concern about the actions of separatist and extremist elements” and also “sought an explanation on how such elements were allowed, in the presence of police, to breach the security of our diplomatic Mission and Consulates”.
[With Inputs from IANS]
PGurus is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with all the latest news and views
For all the latest updates, download PGurus App.
- ICICI Lombard stock plummets after company receives GST show cause notice of Rs.1728 cr - September 28, 2023
- Indian economy will double in 10 years: Tata Chemicals CEO - September 28, 2023
- Deepotsav in Ayodhya: Eyeing to create another record, Yogi govt to light 24 lakh diyas - September 28, 2023