Canada Expels Indian Diplomat Alleging Hand in Killing of Khalistani Leader, India Denies Charge

Canada on Monday expelled India’s intelligence chief in Ottawa accusing that he was involved in the killing of a Khalistani terrorist in Canada. This aggravated the tense relations between India and Canada.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an emergency session of the parliamentary that his government had “credible allegations” linking Indian agents to the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in June in British Columbia.

Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie said the expelled Indian is the head of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s foreign intelligence agency, in Canada.

Nijjar, a most wanted terrorist in India, was shot dead on June 18 in Surrey. He was accused of carrying out terrorist attacks in India.

During the G20 summit in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed “strong concerns about continuing anti-India activities of extremist elements in Canada” during a meeting with Trudeau.

The Indian government on Tuesday rejected the Canadian government’s allegation regarding India’s role in the killing of the Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey. The government termed the charges by Canada as “absurd and motivated” and said India has strong commitment to rule of law.

“We have seen and reject the statement of the Canadian Prime Minister in their Parliament, as also the statement by their Foreign Minister. Allegations of the Government of India’s involvement in any act of violence in Canada are absurd and motivated,” a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated.

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