Canada: India on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, rejected the Canadian allegation that a prominent pro-Khalistan activist was murdered by agents of India “on Canadian soil”.
In a tough statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said such allegations as made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau divert attention from the activities of the Khalistan operatives living in Canada and called for effective action against them.
“Any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty. It is contrary to the fundamental rules by which free, open, and democratic societies conduct themselves,” he told an emergency session of the parliament today.
“Such unsubstantiated allegations seem to shift the focus from Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who have been provided shelter in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The inaction of the Canadian government on this matter has been a long-standing and continuing concern,” a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs declared. The statement further acknowledged that the matter was discussed between PM Modi and Mr. Trudeau earlier.
He had a long tryst with Khalistan militancy since migrating to Canada. He was the “mastermind” of the Khalistan Tiger Force a banned terrorist group. He was also part of the banned separatist outfit Sikhs for Justice . He was declared a designated terrorist by India in 2020.
Last July, the National Investigation Agency announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on Nijjar in connection with the murder of a Hindu priest in Jalandhar, Punjab. It is also probing the recent attacks on Indian diplomatic missions in Canada, the UK, and the US.