After declaring the so-called ‘Khalistan referendum’ in Canada as objectionable, India has advised Indian citizens and students living there to be alert, citing the rising hate crime in Canada and the rapid increase in incidents related to anti-India activities.
New Delhi: India on Thursday reacted sharply to the “so-called Khalistani referendum” in Canada, saying it was “highly objectionable” that radical and extremist elements in a friendly country were allowed such politically motivated activities.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told reporters that India has taken up the matter with the Canadian administration through diplomatic channels and will continue to take up the issue with Canada.
He termed the so-called Khalistani plebiscite as a fake exercise. He also mentioned the violence that took place there in this regard.
Bagchi said Canada has spoken of respecting India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, but it is highly objectionable that such politically motivated activities are being allowed to radical and extremist elements in a friendly country.
According to the spokesman, the Canadian government has said that they do not recognize the so-called referendum being held in their country.
More than 100,000 Canadian Sikhs took part in the Khalistan referendum organized by the pro-Khalistan group Sikh for Justice in Brampton, Ontario on September 19, Mint reported. In pictures on social media, a large number of men and women were seen standing in a queue to vote for the Khalistan referendum.
Thread Big day for Khalistan Movement canadian sikhs came out in huge numbers at Brampton more than 100 K to vote in referendum 2022 i have witnessed history in making from young to 90 years old everyone demanding Khalistan pic.twitter.com/GtbNAloSaY
— Azhar Javaid (@azharjavaiduk) September 19, 2022
Sikhs for Justice was banned in India in 2019 as an illegal organization. As part of its separatist agenda, this organization runs the Punjab independence referendum campaign to create Khalistan.
Indian citizens, students should be cautious about violence in Canada, anti-India activities: Ministry
Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday that there has been a sharp increase in incidents related to hate crime, racial violence and anti-India activities in Canada, so Indian citizens and students there are advised to be alert and vigilant. Is.
According to the statement of the Ministry of External Affairs, in the advisory issued to the citizens and students of India in Canada, it was said that there has been a sharp increase in incidents related to hate crimes, racial violence and anti-India activities in Canada. The Ministry of External Affairs and our High Commission and Consulate General in Canada have taken up these incidents with the administration there and urged them to investigate such crimes and take appropriate action.
Advisory for Indian Nationals and Students from India in Canadahttps://t.co/dOrqyY7FgN pic.twitter.com/M0TDfTgvrG
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) September 23, 2022
It states that the perpetrators of such crimes have not yet been brought to justice in Canada.
“In view of the increasing cases of such offences, Indian citizens and students in Canada and those going there for travel/education are advised to remain vigilant and vigilant,” the ministry said.
Indian citizens and students in Canada can register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or the Consulate General in Toronto and Vancouver on the respective website or on the ‘Madad Portal’, the statement said.
It said that by registering, it would be easier for the High Commission and the Consulate General to better contact Indian citizens in Canada in case of any need or emergency.
According to NDTV, last week a major Hindu temple in Toronto was vandalized by Canadian Khalistani extremists by making anti-India graffiti. Terming the incident as a hate crime, India urged Canadian authorities to take swift action against the accused.
Earlier in July, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was vandalized in Richmond Hill in Ontario.
(with input from news agency language)
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