Indian Journalist In US Lalit Jha Alleges Attack By Khalistani Supporters Near Embassy


The journalist determined to take no motion in opposition to those that heckled him.


Washington-based Indian journalist Lalit Jha was bodily attacked and verbally abused by Khalistani supporters in Washington whereas he was protecting a pro-Khalistan protest outdoors the Indian Embassy on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Jha on Sunday thanked US Secret Service for safeguarding him, and serving to him do his job. He mentioned he was hit on his left ear with two sticks by the Khalistani supporters. He additionally shared a video of the Khalistani supporters on his Twitter deal with.

“Thanks @SecretService 4 my safety 2day 4 serving to do my job, in any other case I’d have been penning this from hospital. The gentleman beneath hit my left ear with these 2 sticks & earlier I needed to name 9/11 & rushed 2 police van 4 security fearing bodily assault,” Mr Jha tweeted on Sunday.

“At one level I felt so threatened that I referred to as 911. I then noticed Secret Service officers and narrated the incident to them,” Mr Jha informed ANI, including that the protesters took cost of the scenario.

Nonetheless, the journalist determined to take no motion in opposition to those that heckled him.

“The professional-Khalistan protesters in assist of Amritpal (Singh) waved Khalistan flags and descended upon the embassy within the presence of the US Secret Service. They even overtly threatened to vandalize the embassy and threatened the Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu,” Mr Jha informed ANI.

The protesters included turbaned males of all ages who raised pro-Khalistan slogans. They got here in from totally different components of the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) space. The organisers used microphones to make anti-India speeches each in English and Punjabi and focused the Punjab Police for alleged human rights violations.

A number of occasions of protests by supporters of Khalistan have been staged outdoors the Indian embassy and the San Francisco Consulate. The Indian Consulate in San Francisco was additionally attacked on March 20.

Visuals shared on-line confirmed an enormous mob brandishing Khalistan flags mounted on wood poles, utilizing them to smash glass doorways and home windows of the consulate constructing. They raised pro-Khalistan slogans as they broke by means of the makeshift safety obstacles raised by the town police and put in two Khalistani flags contained in the premises.

The USA strongly condemned the assault on the Indian consulate in San Francisco by a bunch of separatists, terming it completely unacceptable. The US has additionally pledged to defend the protection and safety of such diplomatic amenities and the diplomats who work there.

“The USA condemns the assault in opposition to the Indian Consulate and any assault in opposition to diplomatic amenities inside the USA. We pledge to defend the protection and safety of those amenities in addition to the diplomats who work inside them,” a US State Division spokesperson informed ANI.

US Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake Sullivan mentioned on Twitter that the US condemns the acts of violence in opposition to the Indian Consulate in San Francisco. He additional mentioned that the US is dedicated to the protection and safety of Indian diplomats.

He confirmed that the US State Division is in contact with the native legislation enforcement authorities.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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