In a video exclusively accessed by Republic TV, the Indian envoy posted in Australia was stopped and heckled at the entrance of a popular Gurudwara in Melbourne on November 18. The envoy was on an official visit to Melbourne from Canberra and had wanted to visit some popular religious places in Melbourne, hence the visit was scheduled.
As can be seen in the video, High commissioner AM Gundane was stopped at the entrance by pro-Khalistani protesters who refused to allow him entry as a representative of India, saying that they "do not recognise India as their country and will make sure no Indian Government representative steps inside their Gurudwaras".
Upon being asked by the High commissioner the protesters stated their various misgivings against the Indian State which they claimed is profiling pro Khalistani individuals and launching a witch hunt against several of their people who have been detained in India " apparently for no reason at all and without being granted counselor access in case of NRIs"
" We will not allow any Indian official to enter our Gurudwara on official business. If you still wish to enter please do so in the capacity of an individual. We will not entertain any Indian official here or anywhere we can influence. We do not recognise India as our country." Commented the agitating protesters.
The office of the Counsel General of India, Manika Jain has refused to offer an official statement yet and have left the issue to AM Gundane to explain further. As pointed out by a resident journalist in Australia, " this is not the first time this is happening and it would be in India's interest to figure out a solution and fast if it wants to avoid similar embarrassment in the future."