Disputa por el asesinato de un líder sij
September 20, 2023 - l primer ministro canadiense Justin Trudeau ha acusado a India de estar detrás del asesinato, en su territorio, de un ciudadano canadiense sij -- una acusación sin precedentes contra una nación compañera en el G7.
The Canadians claim to be investigating “credible allegations” that Indian agents were behind the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh separatist leader. Nijjar, a Canadian citizen, was shot and killed in June outside a Sikh temple in British Columbia.
Trudeau said Tuesday Canada wasn’t trying to “provoke” India or “escalate” the situation but was “simply laying out the facts.” He said his government would “follow the evidence and make sure that the work is done to hold people to account.”
The Indian authorities accuse Nijjar of involvement in an alleged attack on a Hindu priest in India and offer a reward for information leading to his arrest.
India has long accused Canada of not doing enough to tackle a rebel movement in the country supporting the creation of a separate Sikh homeland known as Khalistan, which would include parts of India’s Punjab state, where most Sikhs live.
The independence movement is banned in India but has been attracting growing support in Canada and other countries, including Britain, with large Sikh diaspora populations. Canada itself is home to more than 770,000 Sikhs -- about two per cent of the country’s total population.
- What is known about the murder of Sikh separatist leader in Canada? (Reuters)
- Justin Trudeau Accuses India of a Killing on Canadian Soil (New York Times)
- Canada expels an Indian diplomat as it investigates a Sikh’s killing. India denies an alleged link (Associated Press)
- A timeline of the Air India case, from the bombings to the death of an old suspect (CBC News)