India's Congress slams Modi for 'boastful' claim on 'surgical strikes'

Hall Westminster where Modi is expected to begin speaking any minute

On Wednesday some protesters at Parliament Square pulled down the Indian tricolour from the official flagpoles set up for all 53 Commonwealth countries to mark the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). A UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said, they are disappointed with the action taken by a small minority in Parliament Square.

Launching a fierce attack on Pakistan, the Prime Minister asserted that India will not tolerate those who like to export terror and will respond to them "in the language they understand". The flag was immediately replaced. A senior broadcast journalist from one of the leading Indian media channels covering the protests was caught in a violent scrum with some of the more aggressive pro-Khalistani protesters and Scotland Yard officers on duty had to step in to the rescue.

"We understand the United Kingdom government and the police are under pressure from the Indian government to take strict action against protesters, but they need to respect the right to peacefully protest and be sensitive to the reasons why some reacted by removing the Indian flag".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New Delhi on Saturday morning after completing his three-nation Europe tour for which he left on Monday, 16 April. The UK side has regretted the incident. There are now concerns that some of the more aggressive elements hijacked the tone of the protests.

Modi, who faced criticism from hundreds of protesters in London for his silence on the aforementioned rape cases, stressed on the importance of teaching men to respect women as a precursor to curbing rape in India.

A number of groups, including Kashmiri and Sikh diaspora groups, Anti-Caste activists groups, Women's Rights Groups and Groups of Minorities in India staged protest against India to protest against "repression of minorities and atrocities against Dalits, downtrodden and women in India". The journalist said that she was intimidated by the protesters when she approached them with her question.

At the "Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath" event in London, PM Modi said that "rape is rape" and shouldn't be politicized.

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