The statue of Mahatma Gandhi was desecrated by members of Khalistani separatists during a protest organised by Sikh-American youths in support of the ongoing farmers’ protest against the recently enacted agriculture laws in India.
A car rally was carried to the Indian Embassy in downtown Washington, DC. Hundreds of Sikhs from in and around the Greater Washington DC area, Maryland and Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, and North Carolina had gathered to express solidarity with the protesting farmers in India.
However, the peaceful protest soon took over by the separatist Sikhs who were carrying Khalistani flags with anti-India posters and banners which said they represent “The Republic of Khalistan”. This group has reportedly said to vandalize the Mahatma Gandhi Statue.
The statue was unveiled by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and US president Bill Clinton on September 16, 2000. This was the second time that Gandhi's statue has been vandalized by miscreants. The first such incident was reported on June 2 and 3.
The Indian Embassy in the US strongly condemns this mischievous act by hooligans masquerading as protesters against the universally respected icon of peace & justice: Indian Embassy in Washington DC, US.
ANI tweeted “The Embassy has lodged a strong protest with US law enforcement agencies and has also taken up the matter with the US Department of State for an early investigation and action against the culprits under the applicable law: Indian Embassy in Washington DC, US.”
In the recent development of the on-going farmer protest, it has failed to reach a solution. The farmers have pledged to intensify protests despite the Prime Minister’s assurance, “We've taken all these initiatives to increase the farmers' income.”
The Supreme Court of India will hear three petitions related to the farmers' protest. One of the petitions - filed by a student from Delhi - says the protests are blocking emergency health services needed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The second is linked to the use of force on farmers and seeks compensation for them, while the third says the protesters should be allowed to enter Delhi.
Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, a BJP ally, claims "I'm hopeful that there will be talks between the center and the farmers will be fruitful. I'm hopeful that in the next 24 to 48 hours, there will be a final round of talks and the two sides will reach a conclusive solution," to news Agency ANI.
Earlier the protestors had met the Home Minister Amit Shah but failed to resolve the deadlock.