Indian High Commissioner to Britain Vikram Doraiswami was stopped from entering a Gurudwara in the Scottish city of Glasgow by pro-Khalistan extremists. Doraiswami was on a tour of Scotland this week. During a planned visit to ‘Glasgow Gurdwara Guru Granth Sahib’ located at Albert Drive, members of Sikh Youth UK approached the High Commissioner’s car and asked him to leave. The members posted videos related to the dispute with gurudwara officials. Local police said they were called to a ‘disturbance’ and investigation into the matter is ongoing. A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were called to reports of a disturbance in the Albert Drive area of Glasgow at around 1.05pm on Friday, September 29.
There are no reports of injuries and inquiries are ongoing to establish the full situation.” In a video posted on social media following the controversy in Glasgow, a Sikh man can be heard saying, ‘ ‘That’s how we should welcome any Indian ambador, any person from the Government of India coming in an official capacity.” The incident came at the end of the High Commissioner’s two-day visit to Scotland. The visit to Scotland included a series of meetings and discussions with local leaders, expatriate representatives, business leaders and university groups. According to officials with knowledge of the matter, this meeting was organized on the request of the Gurudwara Committee.
The committee had called the meeting to resolve concerns related to emby and other matters. Sources said that unnecessary controversy by some outsiders and fundamentalist elements disrupted the talks and community participation plans of the mostly peace-loving Sikhs of the city. The issue of British Sikh Jagtar Singh Johal detained in India on terrorism charges was also raised during his meeting with Scotland’s First Minister Hamza Yusuf. The Indian High Commission tweeted in reference to the meeting, “Responding to some of the issues raised by FM (First Minister Hamza) Yusuf, the High Commissioner stressed that due process of law has been ensured in the case of Johal, who faces eight serious charges. has been followed. The FM also appreciated the High Commissioner’s clear message that the rights of all communities are guaranteed in India’s pluralistic and free democracy.” The Indian Mission said discussions with Scottish leaders included areas such as fintech, sustainable agriculture, tourism and water conservation. Areas included India-Scotland co-operation.
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