Modi's United Kingdom visit: Protests, counter-protests planned

A CBI officer privy to investigations said the agency was collecting all such recordings that had gone viral on social media

Following is the text of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi's departure statement prior to his visit to Sweden and the United Kingdom.

In a strongly worded letter to PM Narendra Modi, the 49 signatories called the current situation a "moment of existential crisis" and said the government response would determine whether the nation could "overcome the crisis of constitutional values, of governance and the ethical order". After a meeting with industry captains, Modi will hold separate bilateral summits with the other Nordic countries.

The meeting gains significance as it comes in the backdrop of Britain's decision to exit the European Union. On April 17, India and Sweden organize the first India-Nordic Summit, in which, in addition to Modi and Lofven, the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway will attend.

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The Prime Minister, who is on his fourth visit to Chhattisgarh, where assembly elections are scheduled to take place next year.

Prime Minister Modi will attend the CHOGM in London from April 19 to 20. India and Sweden share warm and friendly ties.

The Indian leader will leave Stockholm for London on 17 April. The NISAU UK expressed a sense of great distress and horror over these crimes of a "heinous nature" and urged Modi to make an announcement on the issue when he addresses the diaspora at the Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath event in London on Wednesday, during which he will address questions from around the world in a live global telecast. Sweden is a valuable partner in development initiatives of India.

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The latter will be on a smaller scale compared to the massive event at Wembley stadium, which was attended by around 60,000 during his last bilateral visit to the United Kingdom, but will involve a speech followed by a question-and-answer session, with questions taken both from the audience and via live link ups from across the world.

This will be followed by the launch of a new Ayurvedic Centre of Excellence, marked by an MoU between the All India Institute of Ayurveda and College of Medicine in the UK. He will also meet Indian-origin scientists working on cancer research, malaria and other tropical diseases before going in to the India-UK CEOs Forum.

The Prime Minister, the retired bureaucrats said, should take five measures, which focus on capping hate crimes, offering special protection to Muslims, Dalits, minorities, women and children.

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On the sidelines of the "unprecedented" welcome, Modi will also be greeted with some protests at Parliament Square on Wednesday afternoon, being spearheaded by Pakistani-origin peer, Lord Ahmed, and bringing together UK-based Kashmiri and Sikh groups.

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