Modi complains to Boris about occupied Kashmir protests outside India's London HC

Posted In: News Date:Aug 21st, 2019

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, about demonstrations over New Delhi's decision to strip occupied Kashmir of its special status, outside the Indian high commission in London, the Indian foreign ministry said.

Thousands of people, many waving Pakistani and Kashmiri flags, protested outside the high commission last week, on India's Independence Day, against Modi's withdrawal of occupied Kashmir's special status. Modi's supporters and members of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that demonstrators had attacked Indian women and children with bottles and eggs and that British authorities had failed to thwart them.

Police in London had said that four people were arrested for affray, obstruction of police and possession of an offensive weapon.

Modi, in a telephone call with Johnson on Tuesday, said vested interests were pursuing their agenda through violent means.

"In this context, he referred to the violence and vandalism perpetrated by a large mob against the High Commission of India in London on the last Independence Day of India," the foreign ministry said in a statement.