NIA takes over probe into attack on Indian mission in London
New Delhi, April 18: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the investigation into the attack on the Indian mission in London, sources said.
The case was handed over to the NIA by the Counter Terrorism and Counter Radicalization (CTCR) division of the Ministry of Home Affairs a few days ago. The agency has registered a First Information Report (FIR) based on the orders of the MHA and begun its probe.
It is learnt that a special team of the NIA, including a Deputy Inspector General rank officer, may visit London "very soon". The incident occurred on March 19, when a group of pro-Khalistan activists pulled down the Indian flag from a pole at the front of the high commission, calling for the release of radical Sikh preacher and Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh.
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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) took the decision to hand over the case to the NIA following a meeting with UK representatives last week. The Centre had amended the NIA Act in August 2019, granting the agency the power to investigate terror activities against Indians and Indian interests abroad, apart from cyber crimes and human trafficking.
At the fifth India-UK Home Affairs Dialogue held on April 12, India raised concerns about the misuse of the UK's asylum status by Pro-Khalistani elements and requested better cooperation with the UK and increased monitoring of UK-based Pro-Khalistan extremists. India also pointed out its concerns over the breach of security of the Indian High Commission.
The Indian delegation was led by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and the UK delegation was led by Permanent Secretary, of Home Office, Sir Matthew Rycroft. The meeting was also attended by other senior officials of both countries. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) last month had summoned the UK deputy high commissioner after pro-Khalistan protestors took down the Indian flag at the high commission in London.
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