Supporters of the Khalistan movement attacked the Indian Consulate in Brisbane in Australia’s Queensland and raised their flag at the office last week, a report in Australia Today indicated. The attack is the latest in a series of such radical activities against the Indian community in the country.
The attack on the Indian Consulate comes barely days after India asked Australia to rein in Khalistan separatists, who have been on the rampage attacking Hindu temples abroad.
The Consulate, located on Swann Road in the Taringa suburb of Brisbane, was stormed by Khalistan supporters on the night of February 21, 2023.
Consul of India in Brisbane, Archana Singh, found a Khalistan flag at the office when she arrived for work the following day. She immediately informed the Queensland Police, which confiscated the flag and checked the Consulate to ascertain if there was any further threat to the premises.
“We have faith in the police and the authorities,” Archana Singh told Australia Today.
Another journalist, Australia Today Editor J Bhardwaj told news agency ANI that so far, there were attacks on Indian Australians. “But now, they (Khalistan supporters are targeting institutions belonging to the Indian government. The attack on the Indian Consulate in Brisbane is a direct attack on the Government of India,” Bhardwaj said.
Planting of the Khalistan flag at the Indian Consulate in Australia also comes days after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited the country and emphasized the need for vigilance against “radical activities” targeting the Indian diaspora in Australia.
The External Affairs Minister and his deputy V Muraleedharan visited Sydney and Melbourne on February 18. It was during this meeting that Jaishankar raised India’s concerns about the series of attacks on Hindu temples to his counterpart Penny Wong and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.