Canada has proactively pursued allegations that Indian government agents were responsible for the murder of a Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia in June. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau referred to any foreign government involvement as an “inappropriate breach of our sovereignty.” Canadian law enforcement officials are investigating trustworthy claims of a possible association between Indian authorities and Nijjar’s passing.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has also presented the matter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 summit, asking the Indian government to cooperate with Canada. The top intelligence agent for India in Canada received a dismissal on Monday. Modi expressed grave concerns about fresh Sikh protests in Canada advocating for a sovereign nation.
Canada believes India is responsible for the murder of a Sikh leader
At the G20 summit, Modi voiced his deep concerns to Justin Trudeau regarding recent Sikh protests in Canada demanding an independent state, Khalistan.
Blow to bilateral relations
In a further blow to bilateral relations, Canada announced on Monday that it was “proactively pursuing reliable allegations” that Indian government agents were responsible behind the slaying of a Sikh separatist leader in British Columbia in June.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau: “An inappropriate breach of our sovereignty”
In an urgent statement to the House of Commons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau referred to any participation by a foreign government in the death of a Canadian citizen as “an inappropriate breach of our sovereignty.”
According to Trudeau, “Canadian law enforcement officials have been diligently investigating trustworthy claims of a possible association between agents of the authorities of India” and Nijar’s passing.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the Khalistani leader
On June 18, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was shot and killed in Surrey, a Vancouver suburb with a sizable Sikh population. Nijjar received the designation of a “terrorist” by India in July 2020 and advocated for a Khalistani state that would serve as a Sikh homeland.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau: I directly presented this matter to PM Modi at G20
On the fringes of the G20 summit in New Delhi last week, Trudeau claimed to have brought up the assassination directly with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He asked the Indian government to “cooperate with Canada to reach the bottom of this issue.”
“The highest-ranking intellect and security personnel of the Indian government were aware of Canada’s serious worries. I personally and directly presented them to Prime Minister Modi last week at the G20,” he claimed.
The top intelligence agent for India received a dismissal
The highest-ranking intelligence agent for India in Canada received a dismissal on Monday, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said without going into further detail. Requests for comment from the Indian High Commission in Ottawa went unanswered.
Modi voiced to Trudeau his grave concerns
The world’s largest democracy, New Delhi, is upset about Sikh separatist activity in Canada, and Trudeau’s remarks signal a substantial increase in hostilities between Canada and New Delhi. At the G20 summit, Modi expressed to Trudeau his grave concerns regarding fresh Sikh protests in Canada advocating for a sovereign nation.
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