After yesterdays harsh allegations coming from Justin Trudeau towards Indian government, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi was quick to deny the allegations coming from Canada. Modi called the allegations as “absurd”.
After the Indian government denied involvement in the June assassination of a Canadian Sikh leader in British Columbia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said India needed to take the situation more seriously.
“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. We are simply laying out the facts as we understand them,” Trudeau said on Tuesday morning.
Trudeau made the bombshell claim in the House of Commons on Monday, claiming that Canada’s security agencies have reliable information suggesting Indian government agents were engaged in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian Sikh leader.
Canada and India, both expelled diplomats on each side, but the diplomatic tensions did not stop there.
Yesterday, Canada made a public travel advisory to Canadian Citizens with statement “Exercise a high degree of caution” when traveling to India. And India did not wait long to reply the diplomatic blow.
India issues a travel warning for Canada, advising Indian citizens and students to take “utmost caution” when visiting the country.
The Indian Ministry of Foreign Relations stated that its High Commissions/Consulates General will continue to communicate with Canadian authorities in order to secure the safety and well-being of the Indian population in Canada.
“Given the deteriorating security environment in Canada, Indian students in particular are advised to exercise extreme caution and remain vigilant,” it added.
The Indian Ministry has also advised Indian nationals and students in Canada to register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or the Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver so that authorities can contact Indian citizens in the event of an emergency or an untoward incident.
As two strategic trade and security partners clash over accusations, Canada has failed as of yet to disclose any evidence of Indian participation in the death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a 45-year-old Sikh leader assassinated in Surrey, near Vancouver, by masked gunmen.