- Canada investigates Sikh leader’s murder.
- Allegations point to Indian involvement.
- Diplomatic tensions with India rise.
Canada’s government has conducted a lengthy investigation into the murder of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, alleging Indian government involvement. This has led to diplomatic tensions between the two countries.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently stated that Ottawa was actively pursuing credible allegations linking Indian government agents to Nijjar’s murder outside a Sikh temple in British Columbia in June.
The investigation has uncovered intelligence, including communications involving Indian diplomats in Canada, and was shared with Canada by an unnamed ally in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network.
Canadian Security Intelligence Service alerted the dead Sikh leader of his vulnerability.
Trudeau stressed the gravity of the claims and said revealing them in the Commons was significant.
The Foreign Office highlighted that the Canadian accusation demonstrates New Delhi’s global network of extra-territorial killings. With Foreign Secretary Syrus Qazi expressing no surprise at the Canadian allegations.