Ottawa: Tensions Escalate in India-Canada Following Canadian Sikh Leader’s Killing.
The ongoing dispute between India and Canada has reached a new level of intensity following the tragic demise of Canadian Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Canada has taken the extraordinary step of expelling an Indian diplomat in connection with the killing of Khalistan leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen. Pavan Kumar Rai, an official from the Indian Embassy, was among those expelled.
In response, India has vehemently denied any involvement in the violence, dismissing the allegations as baseless and driven by ulterior motives. India has further accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s Foreign Minister of making false statements within the Canadian Parliament.
In a countermove, India has levelled accusations against Canada, alleging illegal activities such as murders, human trafficking, and organised crime, asserting that such allegations are not new to them.
In a tragic incident last June, Hardeep Singh Hijjar, a prominent Sikh leader, was fatally shot in front of a gurdwara in Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau publicly accused Indian agents of being involved in the assassination.
Adding to the intrigue, a red corner notice had been issued against Hardeep Singh Hijjar in connection with a conspiracy to murder a Hindu priest in Jalandhar, Punjab. The National Crime Agency had even offered a reward of Rs 10 lakh for any information leading to the capture of Hardeep, who was reportedly the chief of the Khalistan Tiger Force.
Justin Trudeau, in a strong statement, emphasised Canada’s determination to exert pressure on India for cooperation in the investigation into the murder of two unidentified individuals who arrived in Canada last June and carried out the fatal attack on Hardeep. Trudeau underscored the gravity of the situation, deeming it wholly unacceptable for another country to commit such a heinous act on Canadian soil, particularly against one of its citizens.
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