Attacks on Indian Consulate in San Francisco – Questions Arise on American Security Measures

The recent attack on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, for the second time in five months, has raised serious concerns about the safety and security of diplomatic missions. The incident, orchestrated by Khalistani supporters, has left many questioning the effectiveness of American intelligence and law enforcement agencies. While witnessing such acts of violence is disheartening, analysing the motives behind these attacks and addressing the rising tensions within the diaspora is essential.

The recent attacks on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco have raised questions about the effectiveness of American security measures, leaving many concerned about the ability to protect diplomatic missions within the country.

During the early hours of Sunday morning, the Indian Consulate in San Francisco fell victim to an act of arson. Khalistani supporters set the building on fire following a similar attack in March. Fortunately, the fire was swiftly extinguished by the San Francisco Fire Department, ensuring that no major damage or harm was caused to consulate staff. The incident prompted strong condemnation from the US Department of State, emphasizing that vandalism or violence against diplomatic facilities is a criminal offence.

Khalistani groups released a video linking the attack on the consulate to the death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar. The video, strategically shot with a camera placed outside the consulate, indicates that separatist groups aim to send a message through their actions. Since Nijjar’s killing, Khalistan supporters have been attempting to portray it as the work of Indian intelligence, leading to protests in Canada and the US against India.

The March attack on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, also by Khalistani supporters, resulted in India lodging a strong protest with the US authorities. Videos circulating on social media showcased supporters breaking doors and entering the consulate while playing loud Punjabi music in the background. Graffiti bearing the words “#FREEAmritpal” was painted on the consulate’s walls. Similar incidents have occurred globally, including the pulling down of the Indian flag at the Indian High Commission in London by protesters waving Khalistani flags and chanting slogans.

It is both surprising and disheartening that a self-proclaimed superpower like America has failed to protect the Indian Consulate on two occasions. This highlights a significant failure by American intelligence and law enforcement agencies. However, a deeper analysis reveals that Khalistani supporters do not dare to engage in such behaviour in India. They are well aware that India is a rising power, and under the leadership of Modi, terrorist activities like these will not be tolerated.