Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated there are “credible allegations” that the Indian authorities was behind the assassination of a Sikh chief in Canada earlier this summer time.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen, was shot useless outdoors a Sikh temple in Surrey, British Columbia, on 18 June.
He had been a outstanding supporter of the Khalistani separatist motion, which needs to ascertain an unbiased homeland for Sikhs in India, the place they’re a minority.
Mr Trudeau’s feedback got here as Canada’s overseas ministry additionally introduced it had expelled a high Indian diplomat.
The prime minister stated he had raised his considerations “personally and directly” to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi ultimately week’s G20 summit in India.
In an deal with to Canada’s House of Commons on Monday, Mr Trudeau stated: “Over the past number of weeks, Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the government of India and the killing of Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar.”
He added: “Any involvement of a overseas authorities within the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty.
“In the strongest possible terms, I continue to urge the government of India to cooperate with Canada to get to the bottom of this matter.”
Mr Trudeau additionally stated his authorities had been “working with our allies on this very serious matter”.
He added: “I do know many Canadians, notably members of the Indo-Canadian group are feeling indignant, or maybe frightened proper now.
“Let us not allow this to change us. Let us remain calm and steadfast in our commitment to our democratic principles and our adherence to the rule of law. This is who we are, and what we do, as Canadians.”
The Indian authorities is but to answer the claims. The nation’s embassy in Ottawa additionally didn’t instantly reply to media requests for remark.
The Khalistani motion is banned in India, the place officers see it as a nationwide safety risk.