Indian Americans gathered outside the US Embassy in San Francisco in support of India and against Khalistan

A large number of Indian-Americans held a peace rally outside the consulate here to express solidarity with India after the recent attempt of arson by Khalistan supporters at the Indian consulate.

A video posted on Twitter by Khalistan supporters on 2 July showed an act of arson at the Indian consulate in San Francisco. This was the second incident of violence within a few months.

On Friday, a large number of Indian Americans held a peaceful rally outside the Indian Consulate here against the recent act of violence and supported India. The protesters termed the said violence as an act of terrorism and demanded that those responsible for the violence be brought to justice.

India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu visited the consulate here on Thursday and met Indian diplomats and officials at the mission.

India has asked its partner countries like Canada, UK and US not to pay heed to the “extremist Khalistani ideology” as it is “not good” for bilateral relations.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said in New Delhi earlier this month, “We have urged our allies like Canada, Britain, America, Australia, where Khalistani activities have taken place, not to give importance to Khalistanis, because Their (Khalistanis’) extremist, extremist thinking is neither good for us, nor for them, nor for our relations with them (those countries).

On March 19, a group of pro-Khalistan protesters attacked and damaged the Indian consulate in San Francisco.

Raising pro-Khalistan slogans, the protesters broke temporary security barriers put up by the city police and put up two so-called Khalistani flags inside the consulate complex. Those flags were soon removed by two consular personnel.

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