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  India   All India  09 Mar 2018  Khalistani terrorist Atwal visited India on valid visa, not first time, admits MEA

Khalistani terrorist Atwal visited India on valid visa, not first time, admits MEA

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Published : Mar 9, 2018, 7:37 pm IST
Updated : Mar 9, 2018, 7:57 pm IST

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that this was not Atwal's first visit to India, he has visited the country since January 2017.

'There are well established procedures for grant of visa to foreign travellers which have been followed in this case as well,' Raveesh Kumar added. (Photo: ANI | Twitter)
 'There are well established procedures for grant of visa to foreign travellers which have been followed in this case as well,' Raveesh Kumar added. (Photo: ANI | Twitter)

New Delhi: Convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal had travelled to India on a valid visa, the external affairs ministry said on Friday.

Though Atwal's presence at an event for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his India visit created a furore, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the government has a conscious policy of reaching out to the Indian Diaspora, including misguided elements, who in the past may have harboured anti-India sentiments which they have since renounced.

 

"Jaspal Atwal has travelled to India on a valid visa. This was not his first visit to India. He has visited the country on earlier occasions since January 2017," Kumar said.

There are well established procedures for grant of visa to foreign travellers which have been followed in this case as well, he added.

While Atwal attended an event in Mubai where Trudeau and his wife were also present, invitation to him for a dinner at the Canadian High Commission here was withdrawn after strong reactions in New Delhi.

Atwal, who was part of the Khalistan movement, was convicted for the attempted murder of Punjab minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in 1986 in Canada.

 

Atwal, meanwhile, has apologised for the "embarrassment" he caused to Trudeau and India by attending the event during in Mumbai and asserted that he no longer supported the Sikh independence movement.

Tags: jaspal atwal, ministry of external affairs, raveesh kumar, justin trudeau
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi