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India Behind Khalistani Nijjar’s Death? Canada Sacks Indian Diplomat Over ‘Potential Links’

Canada expelled an Indian diplomat over potential link between Indian government and assassination Khalistani Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Edited By : Pranjal Gupta | Updated: Sep 19, 2023 07:25 IST
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New Delhi: Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly on Monday expelled an Indian diplomat after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed there was a potential link between the Indian government and the assassination of a human terrorist, Khalistan Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June.

This happened after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the country’s security agencies were investigating the connection between the Indian government and the killing of the Khalistan terrorist. As a result, Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said the head of Indian intelligence in Canada had been expelled, reported Associated Press.

“If proven true, this would be a great violation of our sovereignty and of the most basic rule of how countries deal with each other. As a consequence we have expelled a top Indian diplomat,” told Joly to media.

Joly further added that Justin Trudeau has taken up the matter before US President Joe Biden.

Justin Trudeau Speech 

In a speech to the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadian security agencies are actively pursuing credible allegations of potential links between Indian government agents and the murder of Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Trudeau said he also raised the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 summit. “Canada has expressed its deep concerns to the Indian government’s top security and intelligence officials,” the Prime Minister said.

Trudeau said he knows some members of the Indo-Canadian community are feeling angry or scared and he called for calm.

Nijjar Death 

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was wanted by the Indian government, was killed in a targeted shooting on June 18. Nijjar was shot dead outside a gurdwara in Surrey. In 2022, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh to Nijjar after he was accused of plotting to murder a Hindu priest in Jalandhar, Punjab.

The plot to kill the priest was carried out by the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). Nijjar, who is based in Canada, is the head of KTF.

First published on: Sep 19, 2023 07:03 AM IST

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