Canadian Prime Minister Accuses India of Involvement in Prominent Sikh Leader's Assassination
The Canadian government accuses India of involvement in the assassination of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. India denies the allegations, straining relations between the two countries.
In a shocking revelation, the Canadian government has accused India of being involved in the assassination of a prominent Sikh leader, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in British Columbia. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made this accusation public during a speech in the House of Commons. He stated that he had personally informed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the allegations during the recent G20 summit in New Delhi.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot multiple times and killed on June 18 inside a vehicle in the parking lot of a Sikh temple where he served as president. Nijjar was an outspoken supporter of Khalistan, a movement seeking a separate homeland for Sikhs in India's Punjab region. He had also led peaceful protests against human rights violations targeting Sikhs in India.
Justin Trudeau called for the full collaboration of the Indian government in the investigation of the allegations. He stated, "Any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty. It is contrary to the fundamental rules by which free, open, and democratic societies conduct themselves." The Canadian government has expelled a key Indian diplomat, who is the head of India's foreign intelligence agency in Canada. They have also urged India to take legal action against all anti-India elements operating from Canadian soil.
Canada's foreign affairs minister, Melanie Joly, reiterated the need for India's full collaboration in resolving this matter. India has rejected Canada's accusations, calling them absurd and motivated. The Indian ministry of external affairs accused Canada of sheltering Khalistani terrorists and extremists, and expressed concern about Canada's inaction in addressing this issue. The World Sikh Organization has praised Trudeau's announcement, stating that it highlights the fact that the Indian government is a terrorist state involved in extrajudicial killings not just within its own borders, but also on Canadian soil.
These allegations are likely to strain relations between Canada and India. The Sikh community and political leaders in Canada are calling for a thorough investigation and for the perpetrators to be held accountable. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is leading the murder investigation, and Canada expects the truth to emerge through a transparent process.