Mud Throwing at UK Mission Upsets India

LONDON (TIP): The Indian high commission in London is considering lodging a firm protest with the British foreign office about yet another failure on the part of the London metropolitan police to provide protection to its premises. Earlier in the day, a group of unruly protesters armed with horns, megaphones and pots and pans descended on the entrance of the diplomatic mission, depositing a substantial quantity of mud at the main entrance of the building so as to block access. They demanded the Indian government debar mining at Niyamgiri in Odisha, India.

Soon after the incident, Indian diplomats summoned the London metropolitan police’s diplomatic protection force to express its “displeasure” and seek an explanation. The police said they are looking at video footage to identify the trouble makers. The high commission’s security officers are assisting them in this task. An organization calling itself Foil Vedanta, quoted an activist named Samarendra Das as saying, “Vedanta should be de-listed from the London Stock Exchange and taken to court here in Britain.” Vedanta could not be reached for a comment.

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