According to the ‘Sikh Youth UK,’ there is a continuing restriction on Indian officials entering gurdwaras in their official positions.
According to government sources, India has raised with the UK’s foreign office and police a matter in which India’s High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami was allegedly blocked from visiting a gurdwara in Scotland.
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“A few radicals prevented Doraiswami from entering a gurdwara in Glasgow on Friday.” “The Indian High Commissioner chose to leave rather than engage in an argument,” a government source told news agency ANI.
According to a supposed video released on the ‘Sikh Youth UK’ Instagram page, a guy identified as a pro-Khalistani activist was seen preventing Mr Doraiswami from entering the Glasgow gurdwara on Albert Drive.
A protestor is heard saying in a supposed video released on social media by ‘Sikh Youth UK,’ “They have hurt Sikhs in Canada and other places, every Sikh should protest against any Indian ambassador as we did here in Glasgow.”
Two males are seen in the footage near the High Commissioner’s automobile in the parking lot. One of them is seen attempting to open the locked automobile door from the inside. The alleged footage then shows the High Commissioner’s automobile driving away from the gurdwara grounds.
The video then shows another man telling the camera that any Indian ambassador or Indian government official who visits the gurdwara will be treated the same way.
According to the ‘Sikh Youth UK,’ there is a continuing restriction on Indian officials entering gurdwaras in their official positions. “We know what games they’re playing and what’s going on in Canada.” “The Prime Minister of Canada has openly condemned India and expelled Indian diplomats,” a man remarked in the video.
The incident in the United Kingdom comes amid a deterioration in India-Canada relations following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations that India was involved in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
India has categorically denied the charges, labeling them “absurd” and “motivated.” Canada has failed to present any public evidence to back up their assertion that Nijjar was murdered by an Indian.
The BJP denounced the event today. “I strongly condemn this (Vikram Doraiswami allegedly being barred from entering a Scottish gurdwara).” “Anyone from any religion or community is welcome to come here (gurdwara),” said BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa.
The incident has also been denounced by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). Grewal, the SGPC general secretary, stated that the UK ambassador should not have been barred from accessing the gurdwara and that gurdwaras are for people of all faiths.