to updateIndia called on its citizens in Canada to be “extremely cautious.” India’s foreign ministry said there were “increasing anti-India activities” and “politically prohibited hate crimes” in the North American country. Indians are advised to stay away from areas where accidents occurred.
The travel warning comes after a diplomatic dispute between the two countries. Canada says it has evidence of India’s involvement in the killing of a Sikh separatist leader. He was shot and killed by masked assailants in a Vancouver suburb. India says it has nothing to do with it.
This dispute between the two countries was not mentioned in the Indian travel warning. There are also no specific places mentioned where Indians should stay away from. Canadian Minister Dominique LeBlanc (Public Safety) said he found the warning unnecessary. “Canada is a safe country.”
Canadian authorities believe that “credible elements” point to Indian involvement in the killing of a Sikh leader in western Canada in June. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement in Parliament on Monday.
Hardeep Singh Nigar, who was shot, was a Canadian citizen. “The involvement of any foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil constitutes an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty,” Trudeau said. A senior Indian diplomat has been expelled from Canada.
The Sikh leader was shot dead by two masked men in June. He was sitting in his car in the parking lot of a Sikh house of worship in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey. Sikhs then took to the streets in several cities, in Canada and abroad, to protest the Indian government, which they said was responsible for the murder.
Trudeau also called on the Indian government to cooperate in resolving the matter. Relations between the two countries had already been strained in recent months due to the murder and subsequent demonstrations. Ottawa has suspended negotiations on a free trade agreement with India.
An Indian Foreign Ministry statement on Tuesday described Canadian allegations that Indian government agents were involved in the killing of a Sikh separatist leader in the country as “ridiculous and motivated.” “We have a democratic system with a strong commitment to the rule of law.”
Trudeau conveyed his concerns “personally and directly” to his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi. India confirms the latter: “Similar allegations have been made by the Canadian Prime Minister to our Prime Minister and they have been completely denied,” the ministry said.
India accuses the Canadian government of allowing the activities of Sikh extremist nationalists. They are striving for their independent state in North India.
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