New Delhi: The Indian Consulate in San Francisco in the US has been attacked, allegedly by Khalistan supporters, for the second time in the last five months.
A video uploaded to Twitter by Khalistan supporters themselves showed that the act of arson took place on July 2, the news agency PTI has reported.
The local fire department was able to put out the fire and no major damages or injuries were reported, according to another news agency, ANI.
United States | A group of Khalistan radicals on July 2 set Indian Consulate on fire in San Francisco. The fire was suppressed quickly by the San Francisco Fire Department. No major damages or staffers were harmed. Local, state and federal authorities have been notified. The US… pic.twitter.com/uhx9NtML5G
— ANI (@ANI) July 4, 2023
The video, PTI reported, had the words “violence begets violence” over it. It also showed news articles related to the death of Canada-based Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Nijjar was on the ‘most wanted’ list for a while now and was shot dead last month.
US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller tweeted that the US has strongly condemned the vandalism and attempted arson against the Indian Consulate in San Francisco. It called the arson a “criminal offense.”
The U.S. strongly condemns the reported vandalism and attempted arson against the Indian Consulate in San Francisco on Saturday. Vandalism or violence against diplomatic facilities or foreign diplomats in the U.S. is a criminal offense.
— Matthew Miller (@StateDeptSpox) July 3, 2023
This update comes just Indian external affairs minister S. Jaishankar noted that India has taken up the matter of pro-Khalistani posters appearing, with the photos and names of the Indian high commissioner and consul general, with the Canada government.
These posters too were in protest against Nijjar’s killing.
In March, a similar attack had taken place on the San Francisco consulate. India had then registered a “strong protest” with the US, calling for “appropriate measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents”.
India’s ministry of external affairs (MEA) held a meeting with the US Charge d’Affaires – the top US diplomat in the country at the moment – for the US government “to be reminded of its basic obligation to protect and secure diplomatic representation”.