Khalistan supporters and Indian diaspora supporters clashed during a referendum calling for the creation of an independent Sikh state organized by the banned Sikhs For Justice.
In Federation Square, Melbourne, pro-India supporters waving national flags broke out at 4.30 pm on Sunday.
Two men, ages 34 and 39, were arrested and issued a penalty notice for their riotous behavior, according to Victoria Police.
Khalistan supporters were filmed attacking Indians with sticks in broad daylight in several videos posted on Twitter. The Indian Tricolour was also snatched and damaged.
After watching the videos, BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa tweeted: “I strongly condemn anti-India activities carried out by Australians who are pro-Khalistani.” Anti-social elements are disrupting peace & harmony in the country with these activities, and the culprits need to be brought to justice.” During the demonstration, two men were injured — one with a laceration to the head and the other with a hand injury — and police are investigating the injuries.
Sikhs For Justice, a pro-Khalistan organization, is running the Khalistan Referendum campaign around the world, calling for a new state to include the Punjab regions of northern India and Pakistan.
Despite the Indian community in Australia informing the Melbourne police about the planned protest at Federation Square, the attack still occurred.
Lovepreet Kaur (name changed) told that her parents told her these Khalistanis are very dangerous and will not hesitate to attack.
A total of three Hindu temples in Melbourne were vandalized with anti-India graffiti in the month of January alone.
In a strong condemnation of the incidents, India urged Australia to prosecute perpetrators and prevent future incidents.
With referendums planned in Melbourne and Sydney on Republic Day, the Indian High Commission in Canberra called on the Australian government to ensure the safety and security of Indians.
According to the Indian Mission in Australia, these incidents were clearly intended to sow hatred and division among the peaceful multi-faith and multi-cultural Indian-Australian community.