British officials have assured New Delhi that India House is going to be guarded throughout Sunday’s’Free Kashmir’ protest following acute concern has been raised over the possibility of another form of violence then observed on August 15 and September 3.
After diplomatic communicating by India about the matter and concern raised by the Indian community, Scotland Yard has limited the demonstration’s time and path. It can’t move and culminate away from the Indian high commission.
“We shall take action to guarantee the safety and integrity of their High Commission of India as well as the security of people that work there or see on such a day,” they added.
Organisers of those groups are very likely to challenge the curbs in court Friday.
Although the demonstration was going to start from out Parliament Street/Downing Street at 10 am and finish at 5 pm outside India House, the authorities said it won’t start until two pm. Traffic has also been limited by Parliament Street, together Whitehall, to culminate in Trafalgar Square.
Matt Twist of Scotland Yard said:”We know this is a substantial day for all those protesting, and recognise that it drops upon the major Hindu festival of Diwali. My purpose is to maintain the rights of these protesting and also that of people who might be affected by it”.
“We can take action to reduce crime and disease. Those attending the presentations can expect to observe a substantial police presence. Taking into consideration the estimated number of protestors, also so as to avoid severe disruption, we’ve imposed pre-event states on the totally free Kashmir protest under Sections 12 and 14 of the Public Order Act”.
“The meeting and march will begin from Parliament Street, move along Whitehall and finish at Trafalgar Square. These areas are selected for organising the demonstration since they will offer decent visibility and if there’s a disturbance, it won’t induce street blockade close to the High Commission of India,” he added.
A Foreign Office spokesperson said:”We honor the right to peaceful protest within the legislation but strongly prohibits any harm caused by diplomatic assignments. The security and safety of diplomatic assignments in the united kingdom, and their employees, is of extreme concern”.
“We were and remain in close contact with the Indian High Commission in London to emphasise ,” he added.