Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has alleged that the Indian government has links with the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. After this, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly expelled an Indian diplomat on Monday (September 18). According to AP report, earlier Canadian PM Justin Trudeau had said that the country’s security agencies are investigating the connection between the Indian government and the killing of the Khalistani terrorist.
After Justin Trudeau’s statement, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie said that the Indian intelligence chief in Canada has been expelled. Jolie said, “If this (relationship) turns out to be true, it would be a major violation of our sovereignty and the most basic rule of how countries should treat each other.”
Justin Trudeau spoke to President Biden
“We have expelled a top Indian diplomat,” Jolie said, as quoted by AP. He also said that Justin Trudeau had raised this matter with US President Joe Biden. Let us tell you that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while speaking in the House of Commons in Ottawa, said that he had also raised this (Khalistani’s death) issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the G20 summit.
The Canadian Foreign Minister said Canadian security agencies are actively investigating allegations of a possible connection between an Indian government agent and the murder of Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar. “I strongly urge the Indian government to cooperate with Canada to get to the bottom of this matter,” he said.
‘People of the Indo-Canadian community are scared’
PM Justin Trudeau said he knows some members of the Indo-Canadian community feel angry or frightened. He appealed to such people to remain calm. Meanwhile, Security Minister Dominic LeBlanc said that Canada’s National Security Advisor and the head of the Canadian Spy Service have visited India to meet their counterparts and face the allegations of Indian intelligence agencies.
— ANI (@ANI) September 19, 2023
During the G20 summit held in Delhi on September 10, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said in a press conference that he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had discussed Khalistani extremism and foreign interference during their meeting on the sidelines of the summit.
Case of Khalistani Hardeep Singh Nijjar
Most wanted Khalistani Hardeep Singh Nijjar was killed in firing on June 18 this year. Nijjar was shot dead outside a Gurudwara in Surrey, Canada.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh on Nijjar after he was accused of conspiring to murder a Hindu priest in Jalandhar, Punjab in 2022. The conspiracy to murder the priest was hatched by Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). Nijjar, who lives in Canada, was the chief of KTF.