A man has been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder after a crowd gathered at the Indian High Commission in London.
Windows were smashed and two security guards were injured at the building in Aldwych, Westminster, at around 1.50pm.
Footage posted on social media shows a man detach the Indian flag from the first-floor balcony of the building.
A number of people below waving bright yellow ‘Khalistan’ banners appear to encourage him.
They are believed to be supporters of a Sikh separatist movement seeking to create a new homeland or breakaway state.
It comes as mobile internet services in the Indian state of Punjab are suspended until Monday while police pursue the leader of a Sikh separatist movement.
An investigation into the incident at the Indian High Commission has been launched by the Metropolitan Police, as politicians speak out to condemn the violence.
London mayor Sadiq Khan said ‘there is no place in our city for this kind of behaviour’ in a tweet.
David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, wrote: ‘Labour completely condemns the unacceptable disorder and vandalism at the Indian High Commission today. The situation needs calm.’
‘Ministers should engage with Indian authorities so UK families who can’t reach their relatives in the Punjab regain contact as soon as possible.’
Foreign Office minister Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon added that he was ‘appalled’.
‘This is a completely unacceptable action against the integrity of the Mission and its staff’, he said.
‘’The UK Government will always take the security of the Indian High Commission seriously.’
The British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, said: ‘I condemn the disgraceful acts today against the people and premises of the @HCI-London – totally unacceptable.’
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