A Washington-based Indian journalist took to Twitter Sunday and alleged that a group of Khalistan supporters verbally abused him while he was covering a pro-Khalistan protest outside the Indian Embassy on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in the United States condemned the incident and dubbed it as a “grave and unwarranted attack” on a senior journalist.
Thanking the US Secret Service for “protecting” and “helping” him do his job, Lalit K Jha, chief US correspondent for news agency PTI, wrote on the micro-blogging site: “Thank you @SecretService 4 my protection 2day, 4 helping do my job. Otherwise, I would have been writing this from the hospital. The gentleman below hit my left ear with these 2 sticks & earlier I had to call 911 & rushed 2 police vans 4 safety fearing physical assault. (sic)”
Speaking to news agency ANI, Jha said: “At one point I felt so threatened that I called 911 (emergency telephone number in the US). I then spotted Secret Service officers and narrated the incident to them.”
Thank you @SecretService 4 my protection 2day 4 helping do my job, otherwise I would have been writing this from hospital. The gentleman below hit my left ear with these 2 sticks & earlier I had to call 9/11 & rushed 2 police van 4 safety fearing physical assault👇. pic.twitter.com/IVcCeP5BPG
— Lalit K Jha ललित के झा (@lalitkjha) March 25, 2023
“The pro-Khalistan protestors in support of Amritpal Singh waved Khalistan flags and descended upon the embassy in the presence of the US Secret Service. They even openly threatened to vandalize the embassy and threatened the Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu,” Jha was quoted as saying by ANI.
According to the news agency, the protesters came in from different parts of the DC-Maryland- Virginia (DMV) area.
On learning about the incident, the Indian embassy in the US issued a statement and said: “We have seen disturbing visuals of a senior Indian journalist from the Press Trust of India being abused, threatened & assaulted physically while covering so-called ‘Khalistan protest’ in Washington DC. We understand that the journalist was first verbally intimidated, then physically assaulted, and fearing for his personal safety and well-being, had to call in law enforcement agencies, who responded promptly.”
“We condemn such a grave and unwarranted attack on a senior journalist. Such activities only underscore the violent and anti-social tendencies of the so-called ‘Khalistani protestors’ and their supporters, who routinely engage in wanton violence and vandalism. We thank the law enforcement agencies for their prompt response in the matter,” the Embassy added.Most Read 1 Gadar 2 box office collection day 4: Sunny Deol film records biggest Monday collections of all time, nets a total of Rs 173 cr 2 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav wins Salman Khan’s show, Abhishek Malhan shares message from hospital 3 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 4 OMG 2 box office collection day 4: Pankaj Tripathi-Akshay Kumar film delivers better Monday than opening Friday, earns Rs 55.1 cr 5 Jailer box office collection Day 5: Rajinikanth film set to cross Rs 350-crore mark worldwide on Independence Day
Meanwhile, a large number of Indian Americans waiving the tri-colour held a peace rally in front of the Indian Consulate in San Francisco Saturday to express solidarity with India following the vandalism at the facility by Khalistan supporters early this week.Advertisement
This comes days after a group of pro-Khalistan protesters attacked and damaged the Indian Consulate in San Francisco.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...
“The attack on India’s consulate by fringe elements was disturbing to not only Indian-Americans but the whole world community. We wanted to show our solid support and solidarity hand in hand with India,” news agency PTIquoted Satish Vale, a technology professional and community worker, as saying.
(With inputs from agencies)© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd