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India says Canada has shared no evidence of its involvement in killing of a Sikh separatist leader

India says Canada has shared no evidence of its involvement in killing of a Sikh separatist leader

[ad_1] NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Thursday that Canada has shared no evidence to back its allegation that the Indian government was involved in the slaying of a Sikh separatist leader in Canada last year, despite the recent arrests of three Indian men in the crime. India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesman Randhir Jaiswal also reiterated India’s longstanding allegation that Canada harbors Indian extremists. Three Indian nationals who had been living in Canada temporarily were arrested on Tuesday in the slaying last June of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had set off a diplomatic spat with India last September when he cited “credible allegations” of India’s involvement in the slaying of the Sikh separatist. India rejected the accusations. Canadian Mounted Police Superintendent Mandeep Mooker said after the men’s arrests that the investigation into whether they had ties to India’s government was ongoing. Jaiswal said the two governments are discussing the case but that Canada has forwarded no specific evidence of the Indian government’s involvement. Meanwhile, Jaiswal said New Delhi …

India says Canada has shared no evidence of its involvement in Sikh activist killing

India says Canada has shared no evidence of its involvement in Sikh activist killing

[ad_1] NEW DELHI —  India said Thursday that Canada has shared no evidence to back its allegation that the Indian government was involved in the slaying of a Sikh separatist leader in Canada last year, despite the recent arrests of three Indian men in the crime. India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal also reiterated India’s longstanding allegation that Canada harbors Indian extremists. Three Indian nationals who had been living in Canada temporarily were arrested on Tuesday in the slaying last June of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had set off a diplomatic spat with India last September when he cited “credible allegations” of India’s involvement in the slaying of the Sikh separatist. India rejected the accusations. Canadian Mounted Police Superintendent Mandeep Mooker said after the men’s arrests that the investigation into whether they had ties to India’s government was ongoing. Jaiswal said the two governments are discussing the case but that Canada has forwarded no specific evidence of the Indian government’s involvement. Meanwhile, Jaiswal said New Delhi has …

Sikh leaders welcome arrests in Canada activist killing, but questions loom | Politics News

Sikh leaders welcome arrests in Canada activist killing, but questions loom | Politics News

[ad_1] Montreal, Canada – Sikh leaders in North America have welcomed recent arrests in the killing of Canadian Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, but allegations that the Indian government was involved continue to fuel questions and unease. Canadian police announced late last week that three Indian nationals were arrested in Canada for their involvement in the June killing of Nijjar, a prominent Sikh community leader in the westernmost province of British Columbia. Police added that their investigation into Nijjar’s shooting death would continue, including whether “there are any ties to the government of India”. Moninder Singh, a spokesman for the BC Gurdwaras Council, a coalition of Sikh temples in the province, told Al Jazeera there was “some relief” that arrests were made in the case. But Singh, who knew Nijjar personally, said the question of Indian state involvement is “looming” over the Sikh community, which numbers about 770,000 people across Canada — the largest Sikh diaspora outside India. “The foreign interference is real. The assassination plot is real,” said Singh, adding that it is imperative …

India calls Canada arrests over Sikh activist murder ‘political compulsion’ | Politics News

India calls Canada arrests over Sikh activist murder ‘political compulsion’ | Politics News

[ad_1] Reacting to Indian nationals’ arrest, Trudeau acknowledges fear in Canada’s Sikh community but underscores ‘rule of law’. Canada’s investigation into alleged Indian involvement in the assassination of a Sikh separatist in Vancouver last year is a “political compulsion”, India’s foreign minister has said after three Indian citizens were arrested over the killing. Canadian police on Friday arrested the trio for the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, saying they were investigating their links to the Indian government, “if any”. He migrated to Canada in 1997 and acquired citizenship 18 years later. He was wanted by Indian authorities for alleged terrorism and conspiracy to commit murder, the allegations he had denied. On June 18, 2023, he was shot dead by masked assailants in the car park of the Sikh temple he led in suburban Vancouver. Nijjar’s killing sent diplomatic relations between Ottawa and New Delhi into a tailspin last year after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there were “credible allegations” linking Indian intelligence to the crime. India rejected the allegations as “absurd”, temporarily halting the …

Canadian police arrest 3 in slaying of Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar

Canadian police arrest 3 in slaying of Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar

[ad_1] A banner that shows the late Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar is displayed outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Sahib in Surrey, British Columbia, on Sept. 18, 2023. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP hide caption toggle caption Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP A banner that shows the late Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar is displayed outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Sahib in Surrey, British Columbia, on Sept. 18, 2023. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Canadian police said they arrested three suspects Friday in the slaying of a Sikh separatist leader last June that became the center of a diplomatic spat with India, and are investigating possible ties between the detainees and the Indian government. Three Indian nationals in their 20s identified as Kamalpreet Singh, Karan Brar and Karampreet Singh were arrested in Edmonton, Alberta on Friday morning in the slaying of 45-year-old Hardeep Singh Nijjar by masked gunmen outside Vancouver, police said. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparked a diplomatic feud with India in …

Canadian police arrest three in slaying of Sikh separatist that strained ties with India

Canadian police arrest three in slaying of Sikh separatist that strained ties with India

[ad_1] Canadian police said they arrested three suspects Friday in the slaying of a Sikh separatist leader last June that become the center of a diplomatic spat with India, and are investigating possible ties between the detainees and the Indian government. Issued on: 04/05/2024 – 08:31 2 min Three Indian nationals in their 20s identified as Kamalpreet Singh, Karan Brar and Karampreet Singh were arrested in Edmonton, Alberta on Friday morning in the slaying of 45-year-old Hardeep Singh Nijjar by masked gunmen outside Vancouver, police said. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparked a diplomatic feud with India in September when he said that there were “credible allegations” of Indian involvement in the slaying of Nijjar. India had accused Nijjar of links to terrorism, but angrily denied involvement in the slaying. In response to the allegations, India told Canada last year to remove 41 of its 62 diplomats in the country. Tensions remain but have somewhat eased since.

Sikh activist in the UK on Indian ‘hit list’ in constant fear of ‘being killed at any time’ | UK News

Sikh activist in the UK on Indian ‘hit list’ in constant fear of ‘being killed at any time’ | UK News

[ad_1] Kulwant Singh Mothada is afraid for his life.  He spends much of his day checking the four CCTV feeds that cover his house. When he drives to work, he regularly changes his car and route. This is a quiet suburb of Wolverhampton, grey and wet when I visit. It is hard to imagine much ever happening here. But Mr Mothada is fearful that, even in these sleepy streets, he could be assassinated by the Indian state. And he has good reason to worry. Others are already dead. “The hit list was shown on TV with our pictures and our faces have been seen worldwide,” Mr Mothada tells Sky News in his first television interview. Image: Mr Mothada has CCTV covering his house which he checks daily “So I’m a lot more cautious than before because we can be killed here in the UK at any time.” The “hit list” is a charge sheet drawn up by the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) – the country’s counter-terror department – against 16 individuals, all accused of …

The Sikh kitchen that feeds Manila’s moneylenders | Fork the System

The Sikh kitchen that feeds Manila’s moneylenders | Fork the System

[ad_1] Manila, Philippines – “Don’t treat this like a full dinner. Only take small portions,” a mother warns her son as he reaches for a second helping of zarda – saffron-hued, sweetened rice topped with heaps of raisins and cashews – on the crowded buffet-style table at the Khalsa Diwan Temple in Manila. “We must not waste anything.” I overhear her while standing in line to sample the different varieties of barfi, a dense, milk-based fudge laden with sliced almonds – a popular sweet from the Indian subcontinent. The mother and son are among the 100-plus members of the Metro Manila Sikh community who have gathered here in late August to celebrate the Parkash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib, a commemoration of the first opening ceremony of Sikhism’s central religious scripture. It is a busy day for the community kitchen, the langar. Dozens of volunteers snake their way through the crowd to serve rotis, fresh off the tandoor. Sitting cross-legged in rows across the main hall of the gurdwara, or Sikh place of worship, attendees dip …

Sikh Americans, citing ‘transnational repression,’ vote for an independent homeland

Sikh Americans, citing ‘transnational repression,’ vote for an independent homeland

[ad_1] (RNS)  — Last Sunday (Jan. 28), more than 120,000 Sikhs of all ages and occupations took part in a historic referendum in San Francisco on the creation of an autonomous homeland in northwestern India. They braved hourslong lines after already long commutes, in many cases from neighboring states, to reach the polling place in the City by the Bay.  These Sikhs, almost all of them U.S. citizens and residents, were voting aspirationally for the creation of Khalistan — a hoped-for but nonexistent “land of the pure” that would stand separate from the nation of India. Organized by Sikhs for Justice, an activist group that is banned in India, the vote was aimed at raising the profile of Sikh efforts to convince the government of India to allow Punjab, the state where the Sikhi faith was born, to secede. Though only symbolic, the vote for self-determination, said Harjeet Singh, a Seattle resident who voted in the referendum, was taken to “shake up and wake up” the Indian government to take accountability for their “historical oppression” …

India Is Cooperating With Canada Amid Tensions Over Murdered Sikh

India Is Cooperating With Canada Amid Tensions Over Murdered Sikh

[ad_1] By David Ljunggren and Ismail Shakil OTTAWA (Reuters) -India is cooperating with Canada and bilateral ties are improving after tensions spiked over the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in British Columbia, a top Canadian official told CTV in an interview published on Friday. Diplomatic relations soured after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last year said Canada was “actively pursuing credible allegations” that Indian agents were potentially linked to the June 2023 murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen. India has denied any formal government role in Nijjar’s murder. “I wouldn’t describe them (the Indians) as not cooperating. I think we’ve made advancements in that relationship,” Jody Thomas, Trudeau’s national security adviser, told CTV. CTV published an excerpt from the interview on its website on Friday. The full interview will be aired on Sunday. Canada has been pressing India to cooperate in its investigation of Nijjar’s killing. Last November, U.S. authorities said they had thwarted a plot to kill a Sikh separatist in the United States. “The information that they (the Americans) revealed supported …