New Delhi. Days after outlawed Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Vancouver on June 18, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said the rise of so-called Khalistan politics was inspired by “vote bank politics” in Canada.
Khalistan supporter Jagmeet Singh’s party supports the Justin Trudeau government
According to an article published in Hindustan Times, during the G-20 summit National Security Advisor Ajit Doval discussed with his Australian, UK and Canadian counterparts the rise of Sikh fundamentalism in their respective countries and violence against Indian assets. It is believed that while the Australian NSA and the UK NSA responded positively to Indian concerns, the Canadian NSA was not impressed. Because Khalistan supporter Jagmeet Singh’s New Democratic Party supports the Justin Trudeau government. It was very clear from the NSA level meetings that the Canadian government was under pressure from Khalistan supporters and would do nothing to help Indian interests. While Khalistan supporters, with the help of the US-based Sikhs for Justice, banned under the UAPA, were openly threatening to kill top Indian diplomats posted in Canada, with posters and pictures of the Indian ambassador and two consul generals printed on their heads, but the reward was kept.
PM Modi’s reaction to Justin Trudeau’s reaction
Instead of confronting Punjab’s Khalistani extremists, drug smugglers and gangsters taking refuge in Canada on forged Portuguese passports, or inciting political discrimination against Sikhs in India, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has openly come out in support of extremists. Unidentified Indian agents were blamed for their involvement in the killing of a militant Nijjar outside a fundamentalist place of worship in Surrey, Vancouver. Trudeau, sitting in the lap of Sikh separatists, also decided to expel an Indian diplomat stationed under official security in Ottawa and then committed an undiplomatic act by naming him. The Modi government retaliated by expelling Olivier Sylvester, the head of Canadian intelligence in India, and asking him to leave the country within the next five days.
On the other hand, Trudeau has accused India of interfering in internal affairs. He is turning a blind eye to Canada-based gangster Arsh Dalla, who claimed responsibility for shooting Congress leader and Ajitwal block president Baljinder Singh Balli in Punjab’s Moga district on Monday. The reality is that Trudeau is playing politics with India by not taking action against those openly targeting Indian diplomats and NRIs in Canada in the name of freedom of expression, when he should be thinking.
To what extent are those who support Trudeau complicit in crime?
The slain Hardeep Singh Nijjar was declared a terrorist against whom at least 10 cases were registered in India. A Red Corner Notice was issued against him by Interpol and he was the mentor of Canada-based gangsters Arshdeep Singh, Rinku Bihla and Goldie Brar. He along with Australia-based Gurjant Singh and Pakistan-based Lakhbir Singh Rode were involved in contract killings in Punjab and illegal arms smuggling in India.
At least 37 FIRs have been registered by the state police against Arshdeep Singh Dalla, who absconded from Surrey, Canada on July 8, 2020, on a passport issued in Jalandhar. However, he still has an Indian passport. Dalla, who lives in Surrey with his wife and daughter, openly threatens Indians in Punjab and Canada. He is associated with the Khalistan Tiger Force and is an international gangster with terrorist links.
Gangster and mafia don Satinderjit Singh Brar alias Goldie Brar went to Canada on 15 August 2017 on an Indian passport. He is an active member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, which has at least 13 cases of murder, attempt to murder and arms smuggling in India. He has an Interpol Red Corner Notice and an arrest warrant in his name.
Others on this list of Canada-based gangsters, murderers and arms smugglers – include Snover Dhillon from Ontario and Ramandeep Singh from British Columbia. Gurjit Singh Cheema of the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) is banned in Ontario and has a red corner notice against him. There is a Red Corner Notice against Gurjinder Singh Pannu of Ontario based ISYF/KLF. There is an Arms Act case and Red Corner Notice against Gurpreet Singh of Surrey-based ISYF/KLF. There are two FIRs and a Red Corner Notice against Tahal Singh of Ontario. There is an FIR and Red Corner Notice against Malikit Singh Fauji of Surrey. Along with this, a case has also been registered against British Columbia-based Manveer Singh Dohra and an FIR has also been lodged.
The list extends to at least 23 gangsters/terrorists and arms smugglers who receive protection from the Trudeau government. In fact, Justin Trudeau’s Canada should be crushed to intervene against India.
First published: September 19, 2023, 18:31 IST