The three nations express concerns over ‘serious allegations’ that India was involved in murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada.
The United Kingdom says it is in close touch with its Canadian partners about “serious allegations” from Ottawa that the Indian government was involved in the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in British Columbia province earlier this year.
Australia also is “deeply concerned” by the allegations, a spokesperson for the country’s Foreign Minister Penny Wong said on Tuesday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said it was “actively pursuing credible allegations” linking Indian government agents to the murder of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia.
Nijjar, 45, was shot dead outside a Sikh temple on June 18 in Surrey, a Vancouver suburb with a large Sikh population. He supported a Sikh homeland in the form of an independent Khalistani state and was designated by India as a “terrorist” in July 2020.
“We are in close touch with our Canadian partners about these serious allegations,” a British government spokesperson said. “It would be inappropriate to comment further during the ongoing investigation by the Canadian authorities.”
In April, India had asked Britain for increased monitoring of UK-based supporters of a Sikh separatist movement.
Source : Aljazeera