October 1, 2022

MEA asks Indian nationals, students in Canada to remain vigilant in view of rising hate crimes | India News


NEW DELHI: Indian nationals and students in Canada were requested to “exercise due caution and remain vigilant” in view of “sharp increase in incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities”, learn an advisory issued by way of the ministry of exterior affairs (MEA) on Friday.

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The advisory comes an afternoon after India raised considerations with Canada that its territory was once being utilized by politically motivated “extremist elements”. Reacting to a just lately held Khalistan referendum carried out by way of a separatist crew, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi referred to as it a “farcical exercise”.
‘Perpetrators now not introduced to justice’
The advisory issued on Friday stated there was a pointy build up in incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India actions in Canada.
“The MEA and our High Commission/Consulates General in Canada have taken up these incidents with the Canadian authorities and requested them to investigate the said crimes and take appropriate action. The perpetrators of these crimes have not been brought to justice so far in Canada,” it added.
“In view of the increasing incidences of crimes as described above, Indian nationals and students from India in Canada and those proceeding to Canada for travel/education are advised to exercise due caution and remain vigilant,” it stated.
Khalistan ‘referendum’
Some Canadian teams had participated in the separatist match in Brampton town of Canada on September 19.
India has deeply objected that “politically motivated exercises by extremist elements” are allowed to happen in a pleasant nation like Canada, stated Bagchi.
“We would term it as farcical exercise. A farcical exercise was held by extremists and radical elements supporting the so-called Khalistan referendum in Canada,” he added.
“The matter has been taken up with the Canadian authorities through diplomatic channels. The government of Canada has reiterated that they respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India and they will not recognise the so-called referendum which is taking place in Canada,” the MEA spokesperson stated.
(With inputs from companies)