Canada Has ‘Evidence’ Linking Indian Diplomats To Killing: Report
Trudeau doubled down on his charge of a foreign government interfering on his country’s soil at the UN.
OTTAWA (IANS) – The Canadian government has collected “human and signal intelligence” involving Indian officials, including Indian diplomats present in Canada linking them to killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the media reported.
“Based on a month-long investigation into Nijjar’s death, the Canadian government had amassed both human and signals intelligence which includes communications involving Indian officials themselves, including Indian diplomats present in Canada,” public broadcaster Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported quoting government sources.
Some of the intelligence was provided by an unnamed ally in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, which consists of the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, the CBC reported.
India and Canada are enmeshed in a diplomatic row over Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegation of involvement of Indian intelligence and the state in the killing of Canadian citizen and Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was killed in June in British Columbia. Nijjar was declared a designated terrorist by India in 2020.
India had rejected claims by the Canadian government terming them as “absurd and motivated”.
When pressed behind closed doors, no Indian official has denied the bombshell allegation at the core of this case — that there is evidence to suggest Indian government involvement in the assassination of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil, CBC said.
“I can assure you that the decision to share these allegations on the floor of the House of Commons … was not done lightly,” Trudeau said on September 21 in New York after attending the United Nations General Assembly.
“It was done with the utmost seriousness.”