TORONTO – Canada is investigating potential hyperlinks between the Indian authorities and the assassination in Canada of a Canadian citizen who was an activist for an impartial Sikh homeland in India, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated Monday.
Trudeau stated in Parliament that Canadian intelligence businesses had been investigating the allegations after Sikh chief Hardeep Singh Nigar, a staunch supporter of an impartial Sikh homeland generally known as Khalistan, was shot lifeless on June 18 exterior a Sikh cultural heart in Surrey, British Columbia.
Trudeau advised Parliament that he raised the homicide subject with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the G20 summit final week, and that he advised Modi that any involvement of the Indian authorities could be unacceptable, and that he requested cooperation within the investigation.
The Indian Embassy in Ottawa didn’t instantly return cellphone calls from The Related Press looking for remark.
“Over the previous few weeks, Canadian safety businesses have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential hyperlink between Indian authorities brokers and the killing of Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nigar,” Trudeau stated.
Trudeau stated Canada has expressed its deep issues to the Indian authorities.
“Final week throughout the G20 summit, I offered these issues personally and on to Prime Minister Modi in no unsure phrases,” Trudeau stated. He added: “Any international authorities involvement within the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty.”
Trudeau stated his authorities is working intently and coordinating with Canada’s allies on this subject.
“Within the strongest potential phrases, I proceed to induce the Authorities of India to cooperate with Canada to resolve this matter,” he stated.
Trudeau stated he is aware of that there are some members of the Indian-Canadian neighborhood who really feel offended or afraid, and known as for calm.
Opposition Conservative Social gathering chief Pierre Poilievre stated that if these allegations had been true, they represented an “outrageous insult to our sovereignty.”
The Khalistan motion is banned in India, the place officers and affiliated teams think about it a risk to nationwide safety. However the motion nonetheless has some help in northern India, in addition to in different international locations comparable to Canada and the UK, that are dwelling to a big Sikh diaspora.