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US urges Indian cooperation in Canada’s Nijjar murder probe

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Fidel Rahmati
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Photo/Sikh Separatist Leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar Shot Dead in Canada/Credit/The Hindu.

The United States has asked Indian authorities to work with Canada to investigate the murder of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Antony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State, said on Friday, during a press conference, that they are deeply concerned about the assassination of the Sikh leader and expect the Indian government to work closely with the Canadians to shed light on the matter.

Tensions in diplomatic relations between the two countries escalated following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s accusation of India in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh leader in Vancouver, which resulted in the expulsion of an Indian diplomat from Canada.

In response, the Indian government denied involvement in the Sikh leader’s murder and expelled a Canadian diplomat.

Prime Minister Trudeau requested India’s cooperation in clarifying the Hardeep Singh murder case on Friday.

Following the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh of Indian-Canadian origin in British Columbia, diplomatic relations between Canada and India became strained, with New Delhi advising its citizens, especially students, to exercise caution when traveling to Canada.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement on Wednesday, recommended that due to the deteriorating security situation in Canada, especially for students, they should be mindful of their safety.

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, announced yesterday that there is credible evidence of India’s involvement in Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s murder, and the Canadian government is taking this matter seriously. In addition, Canada expelled an Indian diplomat in connection with this incident.

Meanwhile, the Indian government has denied Canada’s claims. Delhi has given a five-day ultimatum to a Canadian diplomat to leave the country.

Hardeep Singh, due to his Sikh community’s demand for independence as a separate state, was at the top of the Indian government’s list of terrorists. While Sikh separatist movements had existed since the 1980s, they became a serious concern during the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government, leading the Indian government to suppress them.

However, Sikh activists in countries like Canada, the United States, and Australia, with the support of these countries, hope to establish an independent state called Khalistan in northern India and have engaged in advocacy efforts multiple times.

Nevertheless, the Indian government has warned these countries against exacerbating diplomatic relations and has requested them to withdraw their support for Sikh separatists.

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