India on Wednesday advised its citizens to exercise caution when traveling to Canada, following allegations from Ottawa that India may be involved in the assassination of a Sikh separatist leader in a Vancouver suburb .
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New Delhi has issued updated travel advisories, urging its citizens, and especially those studying in the North American country, to exercise caution due to “anti-India activities.” are on the rise and hate crimes are politically tolerated.”
The ministry said Indians should also avoid traveling to places in Canada where “threats have been particularly directed against Indian diplomats and sections of the Indian community opposed to the anti-Semitic agenda.” India”.
In the House of Commons on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that India was involved in the murder of a Canadian citizen at a Sikh temple in British Columbia in June.
“Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the government of India and the killing of a Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar,” Trudeau said.
Nijjar, 45, was shot dead outside a Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18. A leader of the Sikh diaspora in Canada, Nijjar was active in an advocacy group the push for an independent Sikh homeland in northern India, known as Khalistan.
Nijjar was once considered a “terrorist” by the Indian government and was accused of leading a separatist militant group – something his supporters deny.
Indian officials called Trudeau’s accusations “absurd” and “baseless” and summoned the Canadian high commissioner to India to announce that a senior Canadian diplomat had been expelled from India. and have 5 days to leave.