Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday accused the Indian dictator Narendra Modi’s regime of ordering the fatal June 18th shooting of Canadian citizen and Sikh community leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar outside of a temple in Surrey, British Columbia, the CBC reports.
“Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the Government of India and the killing of a Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty. It is contrary to the fundamental rules by which free, open, and democratic societies conduct themselves,” Trudeau said in an address to Parliament.
Modi’s regime had branded Nijjar a “terrorist” over his support for an independent Sikh state called Khalistan to be carved out of India’s western Punjab region. Trudeau said he had brought up the assassination with Modi during the G20 summit last week, after which the Indian government put out a statement expressing “strong concerns about continuing anti-Indian activists of extremist elements in Canada,” that are “promoting secessionism” and “inciting violence against Indian diplomats, damaging diplomatic premises and threatening the Indian community in Canada.”