OTTAWA — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accused the Indian government of being involved in the fatal shooting of Canadian Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar and has responded by expelling the chief of New Delhi’s intelligence in Ottawa.
In a statement to the House of Commons, Mr. Trudeau disclosed India’s alleged role in the state-sponsored assassination of a Khalistani leader. He described the involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil as an unacceptable breach of sovereignty, emphasizing the fundamental importance of protecting Canadian citizens in defense of their sovereignty.
Following this startling revelation, the Canadian government took swift action by expelling New Delhi’s intelligence chief in Ottawa, further straining relations between the two nations.
Prime Minister Trudeau has instructed Canadian law enforcement and security agencies to ensure the safety of all citizens and has hinted at taking measures to hold those responsible for the murder accountable.
Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie confirmed this decisive action, stating that a senior Indian diplomat, reportedly the head of India’s foreign intelligence agency, has been expelled from Canada.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a highly sought-after individual in South Asia, was assassinated in June of this year near Vancouver, a city with a significant Sikh community. Nijjar had been an advocate for a separate independent Sikh state, while New Delhi accused him of orchestrating attacks in India.
In response, the Indian government has refuted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations, dismissing them as absurd. In an official statement, India rejected the claims and expressed deep concern over political figures openly sympathizing with such elements.