Indians carrying the tricolour were attacked by pro-Khalistan groups in Australia, leaving five people injured
The Australia Today stated that at least five individuals were taken to the hospital after an alleged pro-Khalistani group's assault on Indians in Melbourne, Australia, who were holding the flag of their country in their hands. Days before to the event, three temples were reportedly vandalised and defaced with anti-Indian graffiti by pro-Khalistani elements.
India denounced the destruction of three Hindu temples in Melbourne last week. According to a press statement from the Indian High Commission in Canberra, these instances are blatant efforts to foment hate and division among the peaceful, multifaith, and multicultural Indian-Australian community.
Following the video's virality, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), denounced the "anti-India actions" of pro-Khalistanis in Australia and warned those responsible must be dealt with harshly.
"I vehemently reject any pro-Khalistani anti-Indian activity in Australia. Antisocial elements that are using these actions to attempt to disturb the peace and harmony of the nation must be dealt with severely, and those responsible must be prosecuted "tweets from Sirsa
The Indian group can be seen fleeing the situation in the footage as the Khalistani gang continues to strike them. An Indian flag was witnessed being broken and thrown on the ground by one person.
Director of Hindu Human Rights Australasia Sarah L Gates posted a video and wrote: "Khalistanis are now releasing video of an attack on an Indian kid carrying a Tiranga by a Khali crowd near the Federation Square Khalistan Referendum. I'm hoping that @AusFedPolice won't ignore the situation."
Meanwhile, Australian Hindu Media reported that police in Federation Square had detained a Khalistani brandishing a sword. Australian Hindu Media reported that a "Khalistani goon, armed with a sword, who assaulted Indians carrying the Tiranga Was apprehended by police during Khalistani rally at Federation Square, Melbourne today."
In response to the situation, Victoria Police said that two persons had been taken into custody. The official said that a penalty notice for "riotous behaviour" had been given to the two males who had been detained. They are both in their 30s.