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

NEW DELHI: Indian citizens and students in Canada was asked to “exercise caution and vigilance” in the face of “a sharp increase in incidents of hate crime, sectarian violence and anti-Indian activities”, reads an advisory issued by Foreign Office (MEA) on Friday.


The advice comes a day after India raised concerns with Canada that its territory was being used by politically motivated “extremists”. Reacting to the recently held Khalistan referendum, conducted by separatist groups, MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi call it a “distant exercise”.
‘Criminals are not brought to justice’
The announcement Friday said there has been a significant increase in hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-Indian activities in Canada.
“The MEA and our High Commissioner/Consulate General in Canada have dealt with these cases with Canadian authorities and have asked them to investigate the aforementioned crimes and take appropriate action. these crimes have not been brought to justice to date in Canada,” it added.
“Due to the increasing crime rate as described above, Indian citizens and students from India in Canada and those coming to Canada for tourism/education are advised to exercise caution and remain vigilant at all times. “, it said.
Khalistan ‘referendum’
Several groups of Canadians participated in secession events in Brampton Canadian city on September 19.
India, he said, strongly objected that “politically motivated exercises by extremists” should be allowed to take place in a friendly country like Canada. “We call it the absurd exercise. An absurd exercise organized by extremists and radicals who support the so-called Khalistan referendum in Canada,” Bagchi said.
“The matter has been raised with the Canadian authorities through diplomatic channels. The Government of Canada has reiterated that it respects India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and that it will not recognize the so-called conflict. The referendum is taking place in Canada,” an MEA spokesperson said.
(With input from agencies)

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