NEW DELHI: With India’s ties with Canada in a tailspin because of the latter’s reluctance to check hate crimes, and also the so-called Khalistan referendum, the government Friday asked Indian nationals in Canada, including students and those looking to travel, to exercise due caution and remain vigilant. The government said there had been a sharp increase in hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities in Canada and that the perpetrators had not been brought to justice so far.
“The ministry of external affairs 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,” said MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.
In view of the increasing incidences of hate crimes as described above, said the official, 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.
The government also asked Indian nationals and students from India in Canada to register with the high commission of India in Ottawa or Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver through their respective websites, or the MADAD portal madad.gov.in.
“The Registration would enable the high commission and the Consulates General to better connect with Indian citizens in Canada in the event of any requirement or emergency,” it said.
The advisory comes a day after India reacted strongly to the “so-called Khalistan referendum” in Canada, saying it was “deeply objectionable” that such a “politically motivated” activity by extremist elements was allowed to take place in a friendly country.
India has taken up the matter with Canadian authorities through diplomatic channels and would continue to press Canada in this regard, the MEA spokesperson had said when asked about the referendum issue.