Canada takes diplomatic measures in response to Sikh activist’s murder investigation, probing possible connections with Indian Government.
In a significant move, Canada expelled a high-ranking Indian diplomat on Monday while actively investigating credible allegations, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. These allegations suggest potential connections between the Indian government and the assassination of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada.
Trudeau revealed in Parliament that Canadian intelligence agencies have been diligently examining these allegations since the fatal shooting of Nijjar, a prominent advocate for an independent Sikh homeland known as Khalistan, which occurred on June 18 outside a Sikh cultural center in Surrey, British Columbia.
During his address to Parliament, Trudeau disclosed that he had raised the matter with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the recent G-20 summit. He conveyed to Modi that any involvement by the Indian government in the assassination would be deemed unacceptable and requested India’s cooperation in the ongoing investigation.
Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly further affirmed the seriousness of the situation by confirming the expulsion of the head of Indian intelligence in Canada as a direct consequence of these unfolding developments.