Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s remark alleging the involvement of “agents of the Indian government” in the killing of a Sikh terrorist has sparked a row.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said that Canada was not trying to “provoke” India by alleging a “potential link” between “agents of the Indian government” and the killing of Sikh terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijaar.
“The government of India needs to take this matter with the utmost seriousness. We are doing that, we are not looking to provoke or escalate,” Trudeau was quoted as saying by Reuters.
The Canadian Prime Minister’s remark came after his speech in Parliament created a furor.
“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 a Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar,” Trudeau said in a speech to the House of Commons.
His government also expelled a senior Indian diplomat.
India has categorically denied the allegations. The MEA, in a statement, said, “Allegations of the Government of India’s involvement in any act of violence in Canada are absurd and motivated.”
India also expelled a top Canadian diplomat in a retaliatory move.