India has spoken to Canada on hate crime cases and anti-India activities in Canada

Indian citizens and students in Canada are urged to exercise due caution and remain vigilant in view of the sharp increase in incidents of hate crimes, communal violence and anti-India activities. According to the travel advisory issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, there has been a significant increase in anti-India activities in Canada. The government has said that the Ministry of External Affairs has spoken to Canadian authorities on hate crime cases and anti-India activities in Canada.

The Ministry of External Affairs and our High Commission/Consulate in Canada have taken up these incidents with the Canadian authorities and requested an investigation and appropriate action.

A day earlier, India had expressed concern over the use of Canadian territory by politically motivated extremist elements. Reacting to the recently organized Khalistan referendum by a separatist group, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had called it a “ridiculous exercise”. In its advisory, the Ministry of External Affairs has said that there has been a sharp increase in the incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities in Canada.

The Ministry of External Affairs and our High Commission-Consulate in Canada have taken up these incidents with the Canadian authorities and requested them to investigate the above offenses and take appropriate action.

In view of the increasing incidence of the crimes described, Indian citizens and students from India in Canada and those visiting Canada for travel/education are advised to exercise caution and remain vigilant. Some Canadian groups took part in a separatist program in the Canadian city of Brampton on 19 September. Bagchi said India had taken strong objection to how politically motivated exercises by extremist elements were allowed in a friendly country like Canada. PLC/GT

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