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Justin Trudeau Accused India Of Killing Khalistani Terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Indian denied

Canadian PM Justin alleged India for the killing of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.India denied the claims while the US expressed concern.

Tit for Tat: India expelled Canadian diplomat as a reaction to the remarks of Justin Trudeau in Khalistani Terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar Killing 

On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of being involved in the Murder of Khalisatni Leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. While addressing Parliament, he told members that Canadian officials were investigating the possibility that “agents” of New Delhi were responsible for the shooting death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, a Vancouver suburb with a sizable Sikh population, in June. 

According to Trudeau, “Canadian security agencies have been actively looking into credible allegations of a possible connection between agents of the Indian government and the killing of a Canadian citizen. Any involvement of a foreign government in the murder of a citizen of Canada on Canadian soil is an unacceptable breach of our sovereignty.”

Read more:- Hardeep Singh Nijjar: India-Canada Clash Over Khalistani terrorist

A senior Indian diplomat was also expelled from Canada hours after Trudeau made the allegations. In response to the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a top Indian diplomat has been expelled, according to Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly.

Who was Hardeep Singh Nijjar ? 

Hardeep Singh Nijjar was a Khalistani Supporter. He was also the chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) and one of India’s most-wanted terrorists. Nijjar was also involved in organizing an unofficial referendum for an independent Sikh state in India. He was declared a terrorist and an enormous cash reward was placed on his head. He was shot dead on June 18 by two unidentified gunmen outside a gurdwara in Surrey in the western Canadian province of British Columbia.

Read more:- India Raises Concerns Over Pro-Khalistani Posters in Canada

India’s Reaction to Allegations (Tit for Tat) :

Reacting to the claims made by the Canadian PM  The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said the claims are ‘motivated’ and ‘absurd’.

“We have observed and opposed the statements made in the Canadian Parliament by both the Foreign Minister and the Prime Minister. Allegations that the Indian government took part in any violence in Canada are absurd and motivated. The Canadian prime minister levelled accusations against our prime minister that were refuted, according to a press release from the external affairs ministry.

It added, “We are a democratic polity with a strong commitment to the rule of law. We reject any attempts to connect the Government of India to such developments. We urge the Government of Canada to take prompt and effective legal action against all anti-India elements operating from their soil.”

A top Canadian diplomat has also been expelled by India in the meantime. According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the concerned ambassador has been asked to leave India within the next five days. On this development, further details are awaited.

USA’s Deep Concern : 

The United States reacted to Canadian PM Trudeau’s remarks claiming that the Indian government is responsible for the murder of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia. The White House said, “We are deeply concerned about the allegations referenced by Prime Minister Trudeau earlier today, We remain in regular contact with our Canadian partners. It is critical that Canada’s investigation proceed and the perpetrators be brought to justice.”

The relationship between India and Canada has been deteriorating over the past few months, and it took a further knock when, after six rounds of negotiations, both parties decided to call off trade talks.

The declaration comes a week after Trudeau attended the G20 summit in New Delhi, where there were indications of difficulties with Modi. Following the discussion, Modi’s office stated that the Indian president had “strong concerns” regarding the persistence of anti-Indian extremists in Canada.

India has expressed its concerns over Nijjar’s ties to terrorism on many times throughout the years. Captain Amarinder Singh, a former chief minister of Punjab, handed Justin Trudeau a list of wanted individuals in 2018 that contained Nijjar’s name. Then in 2022, the Punjab Police sought the extradition of Nijjar as he was wanted in cases related to spreading terrorism in the state. In multiple cases, including the 2007 blast in the Punjabi city of Ludhiana that left six people dead and 42 injured, Nijjar was wanted. The Khalistani terrorist was charged by the Punjab Police in 2010 for his alleged involvement in the bombing that occurred in Patiala close to a temple. One of the primary defendants in the case was Paramjit Singh Pamma, a wanted terrorist based in the UK.

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