US ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, called for a thorough investigation into Nijjar's killing before making any judgments
New Delhi: Amid rising political tensions stemming from Canada's accusation of India's involvement in the murder of pro-Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, India issued a stern advisory on Wednesday, urging its nationals and students in Canada to exercise extreme caution. The advisory cited "anti-India activities" and "politically-condoned hate crimes" in Canada, pointing to a "deteriorating security environment" and threats against Indian diplomats and the Indian community.
The advisory stated, "Indian nationals are therefore advised to avoid traveling to regions and potential venues in Canada that have seen such incidents." It emphasised that Indian students in Canada should remain vigilant and register with Indian authorities for emergency contact.
It added, “Indian nationals and students from India in Canada must also register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver through their respective websites, or the MADAD portal madad.gov.in. Registration would enable the High Commission and the Consulates General to better connect with Indian citizens in Canada in the event of any emergency or untoward incident.”
US ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, called for a thorough investigation into Nijjar's killing before making any judgments, subtly addressing the situation in Canada.
The tensions escalated when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of involvement in Nijjar's killing, leading to diplomatic expulsions. India dismissed these allegations as "absurd" and emphasised its commitment to the rule of law.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen and alleged head of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), was killed in Canada in June. India has long been concerned about Canada's sheltering of pro-Khalistan terrorists and illegal activities on its soil.