WATCH | Miscreants Stop Indian High Commissioner to UK Doraiswami from Entering Scotland Gurdwara Updated 25 minutes ago
A group of miscreants stopped Indian high commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami from entering a gurdwara in Scotland on Friday, the Times of India said in a report. The report pointed out that the mob of unruly young men were aligned with the Khalistan separatist movement.
The video was posted on social media site X by an account which goes by the name Truth Reporting.
One of the Khalistani separatists also told the Times of India that Indian officials are not welcome in any gurudwara in the UK. He said some Khalistan supporters turned up and told him he was not welcome. “A few people turned up and told him he is not welcome and he left. There was a slight confrontation,” the man said, according to the Times of India report. “There was a slight confrontation. I don't think the gurdwara committee is too happy about what happened. But Indian officials are not welcome in any gurdwara in the UK,” he further added.
The man further claimed that UK-India collusion has irritated British Sikhs and the recent tensions following the death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Khalistani separatist-terrorist who was based in Canada, have led to targeting of British Sikhs. “The recent tensions since the Hardeep Singh Nijjar killing have led to British Sikhs being targeted. This is to do with Avtar Singh Khanda and Jagtar Singh Johal too,” he said.
A video posted by Sikh Youth UK shows tables readied to serve langar to the high commissioner. The video then pans to one among the group of miscreants arguing with a gurdwara committee member. The member tries to grab the activist's phone at one point. The video then pans to show two of those from the mob heading towards the high commissioner's parked car in the car parking lot and appearing to try and open the car door but it is locked from the inside.
The car then quickly departs the scene. The gurdwara committee members also stopped intervening.
The so-called activists then panned the camera onto themselves and said that the high commissioner left because three from the group were standing there, indicating that their aggressive body language led to the departure of the Indian high commissioner to the UK.
They defended their stance and said that they would treat Indian officials who “come to the gurdwara in an official capacity under any excuse of doing visa applications”. “We know the games they are playing,” the man said.
He claimed that gurdwara committees should be ashamed for inviting Indian officials to gurdwaras.
The Khalistani groups are planning major disruptions during Vijaydashmi programme being organised by the Hindu community in Canada's Surrey on Tuesday, October 24.
Sources told News18 that individuals and groups supportive of Khalistan are planning to bring huge vehicles to stop entry of Hindus to the venue.
“It is learnt that the pro-Khalistan people will also bring protestors who are already gathered in Surrey for October 28 programme for referendum,” the sources added.
Chief of Khalistani outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has urged Canadian Sikhs to gather in Vancouver on October 28 for a referendum to vote on whether the Indian High Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Verma is responsible for Hardeep Singh Nijjar's killing.
According to sources, they are planning “major insults to Hindus and Indians” by burning effigies of prominent Indian leaders.
Local Hindus said that Royal Canadian Mounted Police is not ready to take action because they say this is ongoing tension between India and Sikhs, and Canada gives freedom of speech.
CNN News18 had already reported that Khalistani groups are using Radio stations to radicalised young Sikhs born after 1984.
News agency PTI too reported that within Canada, there are Khalistani supporters who are enticing and easily influencing Sikh youth to immigrate to North America.
They are offering sponsorship for their visas, but their primary intention is to manipulate these individuals into advancing their Khalistan-related goals within the Canadian territory, the report stated.
Sources further told News18 that Sikhs from Italy, Germany, USA and UK have gathered in Vancouver for another Khalistani show. “This time their ring master is Amritbir Singh Cheema,” a source added.
Jalandhar-origin gangster Cheema is wanted in many cases in Punjab. He has applied for asylum in Canada where he has been living since 2015.
Sources said the group is using radio to radicalise people. “They have hired a radio station named Radio Punjab Vancouver for a daily two-hour show to radicalise people. It's interesting to note that callers are also not locals from Canada. The calls are coming from California, which means local Canadians are hardly interested,” an official told News18.
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China's hand in Nijjar killing in Canada
Alleging that the agents of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) were involved in the killing of separatist leader, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in Canada, an independent blogger, Jennifer Zeng, has said that China's "purpose was to frame India creating discord between India and the West".
She also alleged that it was a part of the CCP's sinister "Ignition Plan" to disrupt the world in line with Xi Jinping's military strategy regarding Taiwan.
Jennifer Zeng is a Chinese born rights activist, journalist who is currently living in the US.
In a video posted on the social media platform, X, Zeng dubbed the killing of Nijjar as an assassination claiming, "Today shocking revelations about the 'assassination ' of Sikh religious leader, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in Canada have emerged from within the CCP. It is alleged that the 'assassination' was carried out by CCP agents."
On 18 June 2023, Hardeep Nijjar, a designated terrorist in India, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia.
The independent blogger attributed her allegations to Chinese writer and YouTuber Lao Deng, who according to her, lives in Canada now.
"Lao stated that in early June this year as part of their disruption initiative 'Ignition Plan', the CCP Ministry of State Security sent a high-ranking official to Seattle, USA. A secret meeting was held there...The objective was to sabotage relations between India and the West," Zeng claims in the video posted on X.
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"The agents were tasked with assassinating Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the Sikh leader in Canada. Following the meeting, the CCP agents meticulously executed the killing plan," she claimed.
Explaining their modus operandi, the independent blogger alleges, "On June 18th, the agents armed with silenced guns tracked Nijjar. When the deed was done, they destroyed the dash camera in Nijjar's Car to erase any evidence. After the crime, the agents fled, they burned their weapons and disguises to destroy all traces. The next day they left Canada in Airplanes."
She also alleged that the killers even purposely learned Indian-accent English. "Therefore, they purposely spoke in India accent English...In fact, these actions were part of the scheme by CCP secret agent to frame India," said Zeng.
She also claimed that Lao revealed that the CCP's 'ignition plan' was devised this year after the CCP's two sessions.
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There has been no response to Jennifer Zeng's allegations, posted in the video on Sunday afternonn (US time) from either the Chinese foreign ministry or the Ministry of External Affairs.
The diplomatic ties between India and Canada soured after the Canadian government expelled a senior Indian diplomat accusing India of playing a role in the killing of a Khalistani separatist leader, Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada.
In the aftermath, India swiftly retaliated by issuing a statement that denied any involvement in the issue and expelled a senior Canadian diplomat. India has outrightly rejected the claims, calling it 'absurd' and 'motivated'.
Amid escalating tensions, India has called for parity in the number of Canadian diplomats in India.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi earlier this month said that Canadian diplomatic presence is much higher in India and they assume "there would be reduction".
"On discussions on parity, given the much higher presence of diplomats or diplomatic presence here and their interference in our internal matters, we have sought parity in our respective diplomatic presence. Discussions are ongoing to achieve this. Given that Canadian diplomatic presence is higher, we would assume that there would be a reduction," said MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.
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Gurdas Maan’s Canada tour postponed amid India-Canada tensions over Nijjar murder allegations
Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan’s upcoming Canada tour has been postponed for indefinite period, said Gurjit Bal Productions, the promoter of the tour.
The development comes amid the ongoing diplomatic tensions between India and Canada.
“We regret to inform you that Gurdas Maan's ‘Akhiyaan Udeekdiyan' Canada tour, scheduled to take place this month, has been POSTPONED. We understand that this news may come as a disappointment to many of his fans and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused," said Gurjit Bal Productions on Sunday on social media.
The event management company also said that new dates for the Gurdas Maan's Canada tour will be announced soon.
“In light of the current diplomatic unrest between the two countries and after careful consideration and assessment of the unpredictable circumstances, it has been determined that the cancellation of the event is the most responsible and necessary course of action for the time being, Gurjit Bal Productions also said.
The registration fees or tickets for Gurdas Maan's Canada tour, which was scheduled to be held this month, will be refunded, said Gurjit Bal Productions.
“We understand the time, effort, and anticipation invested by everyone involved in the event, and we deeply regret any inconvenience this change may have caused. We will be taking the necessary steps to refund any registration fees or ticket purchases made for the event. Detailed information regarding the refund process will be shared with you directly via email/website/other preferred communication channel," said the event management company.
The tensions between India and Canada erupted after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made allegations that agents linked to India are involved in the murder of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Nijjar, a Canadian national, was shot dead outside a gurdwara on June 18 in Surrey, a Vancouver suburb with a high Sikh population.
Both the countries had expelled diplomats, and New Delhi suspended visas for Canadians.
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Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar has been described as a member of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) in a photo put up by his supporters at a Gurdwara in Canada.
A video of the set-up went viral on social media with many people including Canadian journalist Daniel Bordman, pointing out that Nijjar's followers accepted he was a member of the KTF at a time when the diplomatic tension between New Delhi and Ottawa are at an all-time high.
“Just supporters of Hardeep Singh Nijjar describing him as a member of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), a group described on Wikipedia as a “militant faction of the Khalistani movement” and listed as a terrorist organization in India,” Daniel Bordman wrote in an X (formerly Twitter) post.
The June 2023 killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar outside a Gurudwara in Surrey, Canada waged a diplomatic war between New Delhi and Ottawa after Canadian PM Justin Trudeau claimed India's involvement in the Khalistani terrorist's murder.
Outraged, India termed the allegations as “baseless” and “motivated”. The rift between the two countries further soared after Canada expelled a senior Indian diplomat and India too, in a retaliatory move, asked a Canadian diplomat to leave the country.
India further suspended its visa service in Canada and asked Canada to withdraw 41 of its diplomats posted in India.
Meanwhile, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said Ottawa is not looking to escalate the situation with India.
“Canada is not looking to escalate the situation with India, and will continue to engage responsibly and constructively with New Delhi. We want to be on the ground in India to help the Canadian families there,” Reuters quoted Trudeau as saying.
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After the cancellation of visas, the Indian government is mulling more strong measures amid a spiralling diplomatic standoff with Canada, sources told CNN-News18 on Tuesday. According to them, New Delhi will soon strip several “troublemakers" of the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) status.
The government may initiate this step against certain individuals on a case-by-case basis, said the sources.
The Centre is of the firm view that taking up the Khalistani flag and simultaneously earning from agricultural properties in India cannot go together, officials said.
This strong step will be in light of protests that happened outside Indian missions abroad, they added.
The government, said officials, is disappointed as some students protested in front of Indian missions abroad after recently going there on study visas. It wants to give the clear message that loyalty to the country can't be undermined by Khalistani groups.
News18 had reported earlier that New Delhi wants Ottawa to recall more than two dozen of its diplomats from India, according to top government sources.
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Trudeau Aide and MP Sukh Dhaliwal Spotted at Surrey Gurdwara at the Centre of India-Canada Tensions Updated 18 minutes ago
A day after evading News18's questions about the alleged protection to Khalistani terror groups on Canadian soil, Sukhminder aka Sukh Singh Dhaliwal, Liberal Party MP and close aide of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was seen at the Surrey gurdwara which is at the centre of the diplomatic tensions between India and Canada.
Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar was the president of the gurdwara until he was shot dead outside the Sikh temple on June 18. Trudeau's explosive allegations of the “potential” involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Nijjar, whom India had designated as a terrorist in 2020, pulled down bilateral ties to their lowest last month.
India has strongly rejected the allegations as “absurd” and “motivated” and expelled a senior Canadian diplomat in a tit-for-tat move to Ottawa's expulsion of an Indian official over the case.
Sources told News18 that Dhaliwal had visited the gurdwara to seek the support of Sikhs who had arrived for a pro-Khalistani rally on Sunday from other parts of Canada and North America.
Speaking to News18 on Monday, Dhaliwal, who had earlier mentioned that India and Canada share “good ties”, said Trudeau had “credible information and evidence” when he accused India in Parliament last month.
“The law enforcement agencies have enough evidence that made Trudeau make that statement. I can certainly say that PM Trudeau is very credible when he makes a statement. He does not do so without any evidence. I am happy someone can speak for Canada,” Dhaliwal said.
The Canadian government has so far not provided any evidence after it accused India of being involved in Nijjar's killing despite New Delhi's insistence.
When asked if there was any FIR or a suspect list from the Canadian police in the matter, Dhaliwal said only “time will tell”. “At this point, I can say that the PM was given the information, and he spoke. This is real leadership. The justice system in Canada is very fair. There is credible information that has made PM Trudeau say this”.
Dhaliwal has confirmed meeting Nijjar in 2019 at a time when a red corner notice (RCN) was issued against him. Dhaliwal was evasive on whether he as an MP alerted the government authorities about Nijjar when he was declared a terrorist by India in 2020.
Dhaliwal was also at a loss to explain Nijjar's proximity with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) as claimed by Nijjar's son. He also was evasive on the inference whether the Canadian authorities were actively shielding a ‘wanted' man.
There are in fact allegations that the Canadian government was protecting Nijjar and allowing him to run his operations that included networking, training, financing and operationalising his Khalistan Terror Force (KTF) terror module.
“I am not here to defend Nijjar but Canada. This issue is about assassination. That is bothersome,” Dhaliwal said.
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Trudeau’s ‘Strong Ties’ Assurance Cuts No Ice as Khalistani Groups Plan Fresh Anti-India Rally in Canada
In a fresh blow to India-Canada ties that have been on the back foot since the killing of Khalistani sympathiser Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the extremist groups are planning yet another rally in Canada on Sunday at the Surrey Gurdwara.
The Khalistan supporters are planning to bring Sikh radicals from all over Canada, sources told CNN-News18. The invites that have been circulated say “leading community voices to discuss the rising threat of Indian violence in Canada and how to formulate an effective Panthic response”.
According to sources, this is a radical grouping where people will come and speak against India and formulate plans on how to handle the situation in future.
The development comes amid Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's assertion of the need for strong ties with India. The climb-down can be attributed to the meeting between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Tony Blinken in which Canada's allegations with regards to Nijjar's killing were discussed. Post the meeting, Jaishankar said the two delegations came out “better informed”.
This was followed by a statement by Trudeau wherein he said Canada is “very serious” about building closer ties with India as it is a growing economic power and important geopolitical player, but wants New Delhi to work with Ottawa to ensure that they get the full facts about the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Speaking at a press conference in Montreal, Trudeau said that he thinks it is extremely important that Canada and its allies continue to engage constructively and seriously with India given its growing importance on the world stage.
Tensions have been on the boil between India and Canada following Trudeau's explosive allegations of the “potential” involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Nijjar on June 18 in British Columbia. India had designated Nijjar as a terrorist in 2020.
India angrily rejected the allegations as “absurd” and “motivated” and expelled a senior Canadian diplomat in a tit-for-tat move to Ottawa's expulsion of an Indian official over the case.
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Trudeau Claims Blinken Said He’d Raise Nijjar Matter with Jaishankar
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday claimed that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured him that he would raise the issue of killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the Khalistani separatist-terrorist, during their meeting on Thursday, according to a report by Canada-based National Post.
“The Americans have been with us in speaking to the Indian government about how important it is that they be involved in following up on the credible allegations that agents of the Indian government killed a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil,” Trudeau claimed, according to National Post.
However, according to reports by news agency PTI, there was no mention of the Canada issue when both top diplomats met on Thursday and focus was mostly on enhancing the India-US partnership across several sectors.
The external affairs minister is currently on a five-day official trip to Washington DC. This is the first time both of them have met after the recent G20 Summit in New Delhi.
“Great to meet my friend US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department today. A wide ranging discussion, following up on PM Narendra Modi's June visit. Also exchanged notes on global developments. Laid the groundwork of our 2+2 meeting very soon,” Jaishankar posted following his meeting.
The readout released after their meeting in the US Secretary of State's website also does not mention Canada or murder of Nijjar.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada remains committed to building closer ties with India. He, however, maintained that there are “credible allegations” of the Indian government's involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
A separate report by the Associated Press citing an unnamed official claimed that Blinken requested cooperation between both nations in the probe.
According to National Post, Trudeau said it is “extremely important” that Canada and its allies continue to engage with India. Trudeau was in Montreal, speaking with media personnel, when he said that Canada and its allies should continue to engage “constructively and seriously” with India given its growing importance on the world stage.
“India is a growing economic power and important geopolitical player. And as we presented with our Indo-Pacific strategy, just last year, we're very serious about building closer ties with India,” Trudeau was quoted as saying by the National Post.
“At the same time, obviously, as a rule of law country, we need to emphasise that India needs to work with Canada to ensure that we get the full facts of this matter,” he further added.
The Canadian Prime Minister earlier this month claimed that India was involved in the murder of Khalistani separatist-terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. India has outrightly rejected the allegations, terming them ‘absurd' and ‘motivated'. He, however, is yet to provide any public evidence to support the claim about the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
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