Indian Envoy Stopped From Entering Religious Site, UK Gurdwara Condemns ‘Disorderly Behaviour’
New Delhi: Glasgow Gurdwara has “strongly” condemned the incident, where Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Vikram Doraiswami was stopped from attending a planned interaction at the religious site on Saturday, Calling the incident “disorderly behaviour” by unknown individuals outside the Glasgow area, it further added that the Gurdwara is open to people from all communities and backgrounds.
It further said that the “unruly individuals” continued to disturb the congregation, adding that the Scotland Police has taken cognizance of the matter, news agency ANI reported.
“Glasgow Gurdwara strongly condemns such disorderly behaviour to disrupt the peaceful proceedings of a Sikh place of worship. The Gurdwara is open to people from all communities and backgrounds, and we welcome everyone openly as per our principles of faith,” the statement added.
Scotland Police has responded to the incident and said that an inquiry is ongoing to establish the full circumstances around the incident.
Earlier, the Indian High Commission said, that it reported to authorities in the UK the “disgraceful incident” at the Glasgow Gurudwara where elements from outside Scotland “deliberately disrupted” a planned interaction organised for the Indian High Commissioner to Britain, Vikram Doraiswami.
The incident has also drawn condemnation from several British MPs. The UK’s Minister of State for the Indo-Pacific, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, on Saturday said she was “concerned” to learn that Indian envoy Doraiswami had been stopped from meeting the Gurudwara Committee in Glasgow.
Taking to X, Trevelyan said the security and safety of foreign places are of utmost importance and places of worship in the United Kingdom should be open to all.