British Columbia Premier David Eby has echoed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations of a potential foreign connection to the fatal shooting of Hardeep Nijjar, the Khalistan Tiger Force Chief. Eby stressed the importance of safeguarding Canadians from foreign government interference, threats, and violence. He emphasized that the country’s democracy relies on ensuring the safety of its citizens.
Hardeep Nijjar’s tragic end: Hardeep Nijjar, a wanted individual in India, met a tragic end when he was gunned down outside a Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18. Originally from Punjab’s Jalandhar, Nijjar had been residing in Surrey and was declared an “absconder” by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The NIA had announced a cash reward for information related to Nijjar’s involvement in the killing of a Hindu priest in Jalandhar.
BC Premier disturbed by information: Premier David Eby expressed deep concern and anger after being briefed by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) on the allegations. He vowed to take measures to enhance the protection of British Columbia’s residents against violence or threats from state actors.
Call for cooperation and information sharing: Eby called on the Canadian government to share all relevant information concerning ongoing foreign interference and organized crime threats with provincial authorities. He stressed the need for coordinated efforts to protect individuals at risk.
Trudeau’s statements: Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Trudeau addressed the Canadian Parliament, stating that Canadian security agencies were actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between the Government of India agents and the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar. He underscored that any foreign involvement in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil was unacceptable and violated Canada’s sovereignty.
Diplomatic tensions escalate: In response to Trudeau’s statement implicating India in Nijjar’s killing, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly announced the expulsion of an Indian diplomat, further exacerbating diplomatic tensions. Joly deemed the possible breach of sovereignty unacceptable and emphasized Canada’s commitment to addressing the issue.
India rejects allegations: India’s Ministry of External Affairs denied the claims made by the Canadian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, labeling them as absurd and motivated. India reaffirmed its dedication to democracy and the rule of law.
The situation remains tense as investigations into Nijjar’s killing and allegations of foreign involvement continue to unfold, with both nations closely monitoring developments.