Indian consulate set on fire in San Francisco; US condemns attack

NEW DELHI: In yet another attack on the Indian consulate in San Francisco, it was set on fire on July 2.
This attack comes after

Khalistani supporters

vandalised the consulate in March when the Punjab police had launched a massive

crackdown against Amritpal Singh

and his aides.
A group of Khalistan radicals allegedly attempted arson at the consulate. However, there were no major damages as the fire was suppressed quickly by the San Francisco Fire Department. No staffer suffered injuries due to the prompt action by the fire department.
Reacting to the attempted arson, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said, “The US strongly condemns the reported

vandalism

and attempted arson against the Indian Consulate in San Francisco. Vandalism or violence against diplomatic facilities or foreign diplomats in the US is a criminal offense”.

A poster being shared on social media says that a ‘Khalistan Freedom Rally’ will be organised on July 8 that will start in Berkeley, California and end at the Indian embassy in San Francisco.
On Monday, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said that India has requested partner countries like Canada, the UK, and Australia not to give space to the Khalistanis.
On names of Indian diplomats in Khalistani posters in Canada, he said, “”that they should not give space to these Khalistanis. These radical extremist ideologies aren’t good for us, them, or our ties. Will raise the issue of these posters.”

-With agency inputs

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