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‘Open for investigation, but…’: Jaishankar talks about Canada’s arrest of four Indians for Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s murder

A day after Canada arrested the fourth Indian in connection with the killing of Khalistani separatist terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar opened the probe and said Canadian authorities had not shared anything with India to investigate the case .

While addressing a seminar on Indian capital markets at the NSE in Mumbai, S Jaishankar said, “We are open to exploring this, but so far we have never received anything specific that is worth pursuing by our research firms chased.”

S Jaishankar’s comments came a day after the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team of the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) arrested a fourth Indian national in connection with the June 2023 murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

“We have examined the evidence and obtained sufficient information for the BC Public Prosecution Service to charge Amandeep Singh with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder,” the police statement said. “This arrest demonstrates the nature of our ongoing investigation to hold accountable those who played a role in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar,” it added.

Earlier, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested Karan Brar, Kamalpreet Singh and Karanpreet Singh and charged them with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot dead by assailants on bicycles outside Surrey’s Guru Nanak Sikh Gurudwara in June last year. He was labeled as an “individual terrorist” by India and was instrumental in carrying out anti-Indian activities in Canada.

The killing sparked a huge diplomatic row between India and Canada after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the “agents of Indian governments” of killing Hardeep Singh Nijjar. India dismissed Justin Trudeau’s comments as ‘absurd’ and even expelled several Canadian diplomats from India.

Canada shelters those who advocate violence against India

S. Jaishankar’s comments are the same stand taken by the MEA spokesperson after Canada informed India of the arrest of three Indian men. MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said Canadian authorities have not shared any information or evidence with India on the case and are providing refuge to those advocating violence against India.

“Our diplomats have been threatened with impunity and hindered in the performance of their duties,” Jaiswal added.

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