The High Commissioner of India in Australia Manpreet Vohra and the Consulate General of India in Melbourne Dr Sushil Kumar are being threatened by Khalistan extremists.
A poster being circulated on social media has pictures of both diplomats and the text reads “Faces of Shaheed Nijjar’s killers in Australia.”
The Australia Today has seen social media posts by Australia-based Khalistan supporters which are calling for “decisive action” against these diplomats, which stands to physically harm them.
The Australia Today was given to understand that Indian Consulate in Melbourne has had two separate briefings with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Australian Federal Police officials.
An Indian official who does not want to be named told The Australia Today,
“We all should condemn this terror, Melbourne is the third best city to live in and here the democratic values and harmony of the community are being destroyed by few.
“Indian Authorities are taking this very seriously and are in touch with relevant Australian officials.”
A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson told The Australia Today
“The Australian Government takes seriously its obligations under the Vienna Convention to ensure the security of foreign missions and their staff in Australia.”
“Australia does not tolerate hate speech, violence, or threats of violence. Any threat to accredited officials residing in Australia will be investigated.”statement said.
This came after a designated terrorist and head of the Militant organisation Khalistan Tiger Force Hardeep Singh Nijjar was killed in Canada in the month of June allegedly due to infighting in Khalistan groups.
Since then Khalistani extremists are targeting Indian diplomats in Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom and Australia.
Ambassador of India in USA Taranjit Singh Sandhu and the Consulate General of India in San Francisco Dr TV Nagendra Prasad were threatened and targeted the same way with posters.
Last night on 3rd July (In USA 2nd July), Indian Consulate in San Francisco was firebombed by Khalistani extremists.
This video was sent to The Australia Today by known Khalistan propagandists on social media,
US condemns attempted arson by Khalistan supporters against Indian Consulate in San Francisco
The US has strongly condemned the reported vandalism and attempted arson by pro-Khalistan supporters against the Indian Consulate in San Francisco on Sunday (local time).
“The US 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 US is a criminal offence,” US state department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a tweet on Monday (local time).
Earlier, Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar responded to these posters by saying,
“We have requested our partner countries like Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia not to give space to the Khalistanis.”
Indian diplomats in Canada were also targeted by Khalistan extremists.
The poster with photos of the High Commissioner of India in Canada Sanjay Kumar Verma and Consul General in Toronto Apoorva Srivastava was doing the rounds on social media.
In the past global Khalistan supporters have targeted The Australia Today team and threatened them to kill, Security officials are still working on those cases.
The Australia Today has contacted a number of stakeholders including Prime Minister Anthony Albaenese’s office for a statement. As we receive them we shall be updating the news story.
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