Australia cautioned over anti-India activities in country
Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India condemns the recent vandalisation incidents in Australia and the Indian government has asked Australian authorities to ensure that the Australian territory is not used for activities detrimental to Indian security, integrity and national interest.
"We have asked Australian authorities to ensure the safety and security of members of the Indian community and their properties and to not allow the use of Australian territory for activities that would be detrimental to Indian security, integrity and the national interest to India," Bagchi said in response to a question on the Indian government's stand on the Khalistani extremism incidents in Australia.
"We have been repeatedly taking up with the Australian authorities our concerns about actions by such elements including those that are prescribed terrorist organizations," Bagchi said.
The external ministry spokesperson said India has expressed its firm rejection of the Khalistani referendum and the politically motivated exercises by extremist elements.
"We have noted the message by some Australian leaders condemning the violence in Melbourne and will continue to take up the issue," Bagchi said.
On January 29, men from alleged pro-Khalistani groups attacked Indians carrying the national flag in their hands, The Australia Today reported. Taking to Twitter, The Australia Today said "five people were sent to the hospital after the attack."
"Another video of #Khalistan goons running a mock in #Melbourne's Federation Square Five injured one in Hospital," The Australia Today tweeted.
The Indian group was seen running away from the scene while the Khalistani group continued to hit them. One individual was seen breaking an Indian flag and throwing it on the floor.
"When I reached the temple today morning all walls were coloured with graffiti of Khalistani hatred towards Hindus," The Australia Today quoted Patel as saying.
Various Hindu temples have recently been vandalised in Australia.