December 8, 2022

On September 23, the Indian government issued an advisory for Indian citizens and students studying in Canada due to a dramatic rise in cases of hate crimes, sectarian violence, and anti-Indian activities. This warning comes a day after India referred to the purported Khalistan referendum as a “farcical exercise.” MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated during a weekly media conference that India had expressed concerns to Canada regarding the use of its territory by politically motivated “extremist elements.”

On September 19, more than 100,000 Canadian Sikhs participated in the Khalistan Referendum in Brampton, Ontario, which was sponsored by the pro-Khalistani organization Sikhs For Justice (SFJ). A large number of men and women were seen lining up to cast their votes in the Khalistan Referendum in social media images.

The MEA issued a statement in which it claimed that “hate crimes, sectarian violence, and anti-Indian activities have all significantly increased in Canada. The Canadian authorities have been contacted about these instances by the Ministry of External Affairs and our High Commissions/Consulates General there, who have asked them to look into the incidents and take the necessary action. In Canada, the criminals responsible for these atrocities have not yet been brought to justice.

It went on to encourage Indian nationals, Indian students studying in Canada, and anybody traveling to or enrolling in Canadian universities to use prudence and exercise caution.

According to the Ministry, Indian nationals and students studying in Canada may also register via the Indian High Commission in Ottawa, Indian Consulates General in Toronto and Vancouver, or the MADAD portal at madad.gov.in. In the event of a need or emergency, registration will make it easier for the High Commission and Consulates General to get in touch with Indian people living in Canada.

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