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Canada not trying to ‘provoke’ India, says PM Trudeau; urges New Delhi to take killing of separatist Sikh chief significantly

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, walks Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Raj Ghat, through the G-20 Summit in New Delhi. File.
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on September 19 stated he was not trying to “provoke” India or “escalate” tensions, however urged New Delhi to take the killing of a Sikh separatist chief with the “utmost seriousness”.

Mr. Trudeau’s feedback got here hours after Canada and India expelled a senior diplomat every following his allegations concerning the involvement of “agents of the Indian government” within the killing of Sikh separatist chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June.

He stated the Indian authorities must “take this matter with the utmost seriousness”.

“We are doing that. We are not looking to provoke or escalate,” he advised reporters. “We want to work with the government of India to lay everything clear and to ensure there are proper processes.” Nijjar, 45, the chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) and one in every of India’s most-wanted terrorists who carried a money reward of ₹10 lakh on his head, was shot useless by two unidentified gunmen outdoors a gurdwara in Surrey within the western Canadian province of British Columbia on June 18.

In a speech to the House of Commons on Monday, Trudeau stated Canadian safety businesses 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.” After Trudeau’s remarks in Parliament, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly confirmed that she has ordered the expulsion of “a senior Indian diplomat.” Reacting sharply to the allegations and Joly’s remarks, India on Tuesday rejected Mr. Trudeau’s claims, calling them “absurd and motivated”. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has additionally requested a Canadian diplomat to depart India throughout the subsequent 5 days.

“Allegations of the Government of India’s involvement in any act of violence in Canada are absurd and motivated,” the MEA stated in a press release on Tuesday in New Delhi.

“Similar allegations were made by the Canadian Prime Minister to our Prime Minister, and were completely rejected,” it stated.

Canada-based Nijjar was designated a ‘terrorist’ by India beneath the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in July 2020 and his property within the nation was connected by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in September 2020.

Interpol Red Corner Notice was additionally issued towards him in 2016. The native police of Surrey had additionally put Nijjar beneath home arrest briefly in 2018 on suspicion of his terror involvement however he was launched later.

Bilateral ties between India and Canada have been tense in latest months. Trade talks have been derailed and Canada simply cancelled commerce talks.

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