The fire was set on the very next day after Sikh for Justice terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannu announced to lay siege to Indian embassies abroad from July 8.
Khalistani supporters set the Indian Embassy on fire in the US late on Saturday (July 2), after which a tough stand has emerged from the US side. This act has been done the very next day after Sikh for Justice terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannu announced to lay siege to Indian embassies abroad from 8th July. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is probing the matter.
American channel Diya TV reported that Khalistani fundamentalists set fire to the Indian consulate between 1:30 am and 2:30 am. But the San Francisco Fire Department quickly extinguished it.
Reports said that the damage was not significant and that no workers were injured. Allegedly Khalistan supporters have released a video regarding the incident. However, the authenticity of this video has not been confirmed.
America strongly condemned
US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller tweeted about the matter and said, “The US strongly condemns the alleged vandalism and attempted arson against the Indian Consulate in San Francisco on Saturday. Vandalism or violence against diplomatic facilities or foreign diplomats in the United States is a crime.”
Such cases have happened before
The latest incident comes months after a group of pro-Khalistan protesters attacked the Indian consulate in San Francisco in March.
Which was strongly condemned by the Government of India and Indian-Americans. Strict action was demanded from the Indian side regarding this.
A few months ago, Khalistan supporters raised slogans and put up so-called Khalistani flags inside the consulate premises. These flags were soon removed by two consulate personnel. A tough stand has been put forth by the Government of India regarding Khalistani supporters.