Bharat Express

Tightened Security At Indian Embassy In Washington Amid Khalistan Activist Demonstration

Indian embassy in Washington D.C. adopts stringent security measures ahead of Khalistan activists’ demonstration, reflecting diplomatic intricacies and safety priorities.

Indian Embassy in USA

Indian Embassy in USA

The Indian embassy in Washington D.C. witnessed an extraordinary show of security on Tuesday as the United States put in place stringent measures in response to an upcoming demonstration by Khalistan activists. The heightened security was a direct result of the activists’ use of inflammatory rhetoric leading up to the event.

The embassy, situated on a bustling avenue in downtown Washington D.C., was enveloped by armed officers from the local metropolitan police and the US Park Police.

The premises were closely guarded by officers stationed in strategic positions, including the vicinity of the Mahatma Gandhi statue located in front of the embassy, separated only by a street.

Visible Vigilance: Motorcycle Squads and Mounted Officers

Motorcycle-borne police officers stood vigilant along the road adjoining the embassy, while US Park Police officers patrolled the area on horseback.

The level of security was unprecedented, signifying the seriousness of the situation.

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This display of security marked a shift from the past, as Indian diplomats often expressed concerns to their US counterparts, especially regarding security at Indian missions, which might not have been met with equal urgency.

Although the Indian embassy was closed for the day due to Independence Day, demonstrators congregated near the Gandhi statue. Carrying flags, placards, and banners, they assembled around noon, engaging in slogans and speeches for the following hour or two.

Strategic Maneuvers: Mounted Police Guard Embassy

Mounted police periodically circled the demonstration venue on their imposing horses. At one point, they divided into two teams of four, assuming positions on either side of the embassy building.

In anticipation of the protest, the Indian embassy maintained close communication with various US security agencies. The move was prompted by recent incidents of vandalism and arson attributed to suspected Khalistan activists at the Indian consulate in San Francisco.

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These concerns escalated to the attention of high-ranking US officials, including National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, who took to his twitter (now X), “We condemn the acts of violence against the Indian Consulate in San Francisco.”

As the Indian embassy in Washington D.C. stands fortified against potential disturbances, the elaborate security measures underscore the evolving dynamics of international relations and the delicate balance between diplomatic engagement and ensuring public safety.