London High Commission violence: NIA takes over case; Khanda, Gurcharan & Jasvir named suspects
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the investigations of March 19 violence and dishonour to the Indian National Flag at Indian High Commission in London by Sikh extremists.
According to inputs received from Delhi Police, the Home Ministry handed over the investigations to NIA on April 13 after the Special Cell registered a case on the incident on March 23 on the basis of a complaint filed by a London High Commission official present during the time of violence. (AP File Photo)
A case has been registered against the suspects under various sections of the IPC and UAPA. The incident has strained relations between India and the UK, with the Modi government seeking strict action against the suspects, including Avtar Singh aka Khanda, whose parents were part of the ISI-sponsored terrorist movement in Punjab.
According to inputs received from Delhi Police, the Home Ministry handed over the investigations to NIA on April 13 after the Special Cell registered a case on the incident on March 23 on the basis of a complaint filed by a London High Commission official present during the time of violence. A case under sections 109/147/148/149/120-B/448/452/325 IPC read with Section 13 of UAPA, Section 3(1) of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and section 2 of Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 has been registered by the NIA on the same lines as the Delhi Police. Two officials of the Indian High Commission in London sustained grievous injuries during the violence by Sikh radicals.
The Delhi Police FIR names Sikh extremist Avtar Singh aka Khanda, Gurcharan Singh and Jasvir Singh as the principal suspects as also the London High Commission made a SOS call to Diplomatic Protection Officer at 345 hours GMT about the breach in the Indian premises by radicals on March 19. The FIR clearly mentions that 50-60 separatists were led by Khanda (who has an Indian passport number F8777***) and yellow turban wearing Gurcharan Singh. Both of these extremists along with Jasvir Singh were recognized by the London High Commission official as taking part in the violence and dishonouring of the Indian Flag. It was Khanda and Gurcharan Singh who instigated the mob to vandalise the High Commission, dishonoured the flag and inflicted grievous injuries to the High Commission officials while there was no response from the London Metropolitan Police.
While the UK government has tried to dismiss the dishonouring of the Indian National Flag by Sikh extremists as part of their right to protest and freedom of speech, the Narendra Modi government has taken the incident as a barometer of its future relations with the British Government. The Modi government wants strict visible action to be taken against those named in the FIR as Khanda’s parents were both part of the ISI sponsored terrorist movement in Punjab in the 1990s. Khanda’s father was a KLF terrorist named Kulwant Singh Khukrana and mother was related to KLF leader Gurjant Singh Budhsinghwala with close connections to Pakistani deep state. Khanda entered Britain on a student visa and now seeks political asylum from the UK government for himself and others by raising human rights violations against his community in India.