Canada Violence: The Indian Foreign Ministry on Friday reacted strongly to the so-called Khalistani referendum issue in Canada and said that there has been a rapid increase in incidents related to hate crimes, racial violence and anti-India activities in Canada. In such a situation, Indian citizens and students living there are advised to be alert and attentive.
The Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian High Commission and Consulate General in Canada have taken up these incidents with the administration there and urged them to investigate such crimes and take appropriate action. On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it has been said that the perpetrators of such crimes have not yet been brought to justice in Canada.
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) September 23, 2022
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- The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said, “In view of the increasing cases of such crimes, Indian citizens and students in Canada and those going there for travel/education are advised to remain alert and vigilant.”
- Indian citizens and students in Canada can register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or the Consulate General in Toronto and Vancouver on the respective website or on the help portal ‘madad.gov.in’. Registering will enable the High Commission and the Consulate General to better communicate with Indian citizens in Canada in case of any need or emergency.
- Canada has spoken of respecting India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, but it is highly objectionable that such politically motivated activities are being allowed to radical and extremist elements in a friendly country. India said, the Canadian government had said that they do not recognize the so-called referendum being held in their country.
- Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi reacted sharply to the so-called Khalistani referendum in Canada, saying it was “highly objectionable” that radical and extremist elements in a friendly country were allowed such politically motivated activities. .
- In a conversation with reporters a day earlier, Bagchi had said that India has taken up the matter with the Canadian administration through diplomatic channels and will continue to take up the issue with Canada. He had termed the so-called Khalistani plebiscite as a fake exercise.
- Let us inform that on September 19, more than 100,000 Canadian Sikhs participated in the Khalistan referendum organized by the pro-Khalistan group Sikh for Justice in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
- Sikhs for Justice was banned in India in 2019 as an illegal organization. As part of its separatist agenda, this organization runs the Punjab independence referendum campaign to create Khalistan.
- Last week, a prominent Hindu temple in Toronto was vandalized by Canadian Khalistani extremists by making anti-India graffiti.
- Terming the incident as a hate crime, India urged Canadian authorities to take swift action against the accused.
- Earlier in July, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was vandalized in Richmond Hill in Ontario.
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