In Ottawa, Canada, there's been a growing concern that Indian authorities may have played a part in the tragic killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, an exiled Sikh leader and Canadian citizen, back in June near Vancouver.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed this issue on Monday during an emergency parliamentary session, revealing that his government is actively investigating credible allegations of a potential link between India and Nijjar's murder.
Trudeau emphasized the gravity of the situation, stating that any involvement of a foreign government in the murder of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is a clear violation of the country's sovereignty.
He called upon the Indian government in no uncertain terms to cooperate fully in resolving this matter.
Nijjar, who had been declared a wanted terrorist by the Indian government, was tragically shot on June 18 in Surrey, a Vancouver suburb known for its sizable Sikh community.
Nijjar was a vocal advocate for the creation of an independent Sikh state in northern India, a stance that put him at odds with Indian authorities who accused him of orchestrating terrorist attacks in India—a charge he vehemently denied.
The tensions between Canada and India have escalated in the wake of this unsolved murder, further fueled by Indian dissatisfaction with how Ottawa has dealt with right-wing Sikh separatists