Indian consulate Fire: Khalistani supporters attacked the Indian Embassy in San Francisco and set it on fire. This is the second attack by Khalistanis in the last five months. A local channel Diya TV reported on Tuesday that the Indian consulate in San Francisco was set on fire between 1:30 am and 2:30 am on Sunday.
Earlier, Khalistani supporters ransacked the Indian Consulate in March. The TV channel shared a video of the fire and said it was released by Khalistani supporters. However, hindi.news24online.com does not verify the authenticity of this video.
ARSON ATTEMPT AT SF INDIAN CONSULATE: #DiyaTV has verified with @CGISFO @NagenTV that a fire was set early Sunday morning between 1:30-2:30 am in the San Francisco Indian Consulate. The fire was suppressed quickly by the San Francisco Department, damage was limited and no… pic.twitter.com/bHXNPmqSVm
— Diya TV – 24/7 * Free * Local (@DiyaTV) July 3, 2023– Advertisement –
US State Department spokesperson condemned the incident
There is no news of any casualty in the fire that broke out after the Khalistanis attack. After the information of the incident, the fire was immediately controlled by the San Francisco Fire Department. Reacting to the incident, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said the US strongly condemns the vandalism and attempted arson. “Vandalism or violence against foreign diplomats is a criminal offense in the US,” he said.
The U.S. strongly condemns the reported vandalism and attempted arson against the Indian Consulate in San Francisco on Saturday. Vandalism or violence against diplomatic facilities or foreign diplomats in the U.S. is a criminal offense.
— Matthew Miller (@StateDeptSpox) July 3, 2023
The consulate was ransacked in March
Earlier in March, when the Punjab Police launched a nationwide manhunt for Amritpal Singh in India, Khalistani supporters ransacked the Indian consulate in San Francisco. Videos emerged of a huge mob attacking the Indian consulate amid Punjabi music playing in the background. A huge painting was made on the outer wall of the San Francisco building on which Free Amritpal was written.
Protesters raising pro-Khalistan slogans broke the security barrier to put up two Khalistani banners inside the consulate premises. They also ransacked the doors and windows of the embassy with iron rods.