Strongly condemning the vandalisation of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi outdoors the Indian Embassy in Washington by miscreants “masquerading” as anti-farm regulation protesters, India on Thursday demanded an “early investigation” into the matter.
During his weekly press briefing, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated: “We’ve strongly condemned this act of vandalism against a universally respected icon of peace and justice by miscreants masquerading as protesters. Our mission has strongly taken this up with the concerned US authorities and we have sought an early investigation as per applicable law.”
Mr Srivastava added that this matter was additionally being taken up with the US Embassy in New Delhi, and an analogous message was conveyed to the authorities there.
Last week, as Mahatma Gandhi’s statue was vandalised throughout protests towards the not too long ago enacted farm legal guidelines in India, posters and banners have been seen pasted or propped up towards the statue and a yellow flag was draped over it. Some folks have been additionally seen waving “Khalistani” flags and elevating pro-Khalistan slogans.
The Indian Embassy condemned the “mischievous act” by hooligans.
“The statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza in front of the embassy was defaced by Khalistani elements on 12 December 2020. The Embassy strongly condemns this mischievous act by hooligans masquerading as protesters against the universally respected icon of peace and justice,” stated the embassy.
Following this incident, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday stated that the act was “appalling” as Gandhi fought for values like peace, justice and freedom, which the US represents.
Earlier, the State Department stated that it takes “safety and security of foreign missions in the US very seriously” and it’s in dialogue with the Indian Embassy in reference to the incident that occurred throughout an anti-farm legal guidelines rally in Washington.
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