Canada asked citizens to be extra cautious in Indian cities

Patrick D Costa

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blamed India last month for the killing of a pro-Khalistan Sikh leader. Photo: Collected

Canada has issued a high alert for the movement of citizens in India. The new travel warning comes hours after the country withdrew 41 diplomats from India on Friday.

The country’s rivalry with India started recently due to the killing of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijja in Canada. Canada has directly blamed the Indian government for the Nijja massacre. However, India rejected Canada’s claim as baseless.

In a statement to citizens traveling to India on Friday, Canada said, “Exercise high caution in India due to the threat of terrorist attacks.”

The statement informs citizens—in the wake of recent tensions between the two countries, Indian media and social media have called for gloom and negativity towards Canada. In this situation, anti-Canada protests and violence may occur in India. In addition to intimidation, Canadians can be victims of harassment.

In this situation, Canada has advised citizens not to share personal information with strangers in some important areas, including Delhi, the capital of India.

Earlier today 41 diplomats and their family members have been repatriated from India by the Canadian government. They also stopped the services of consulates in Mumbai, Chandigarh and Bangalore in India. In this situation, the citizens staying in those cities have been advised to take high precautions and contact the High Commission in Delhi if they need any urgent services.

In this regard, the statement said – be on high alert in Bengaluru, Chandigarh and Mumbai. Consular services at the individual level have been temporarily suspended in these cities.

It is also said that petty crimes such as pickpocketing and robbery often occur in these cities. Foreigners can be targeted by criminals, especially in big cities and tourist areas. Citizens have also been advised not to keep too much money while travelling.

Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau directly blamed Indian intelligence for the killing of pro-Khalistan Sikh leader Nijja. There is a heated relationship between the two countries.

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