New Delhi, Sep 27 (EFE).- India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on Wednesday that his government would investigate the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in Canada if Ottawa shared specific information.
The killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a designated terrorist by India for seeking an independent homeland for Sikhs, in June has roiled India-Canada diplomatic ties.
The Canadian government has alleged that some Indian government agents were involved in Nijjar’s killing in June, with India accusing Ottawa of sheltering the “terrorists” engaging in anti-India activities.
Jaishankar said extra-territorial killings were not the policy of the Indian government.
“We told the Canadians that this is not the government of India’s policy. We told them that look, if you have something specific, if you have something relevant, let us know. We are open to looking at it,” he said.
Canada’s accusation sparked a deep diplomatic crisis that led India to issue an alert to its citizens in Canada last week, suspend visas for Canadians, and ask Ottawa to reduce its mission in New Delhi.
The Indian minister stressed that his government had been “badgering the Canadians” and “given them lot of information about organized crime leadership, which operates out of Canada.”
“There are a large number of extradition requests. There are terrorist leaders, who have been identified,” he said.
“Our concern is that it is really been very permissive, because of political reasons. So we have a situation where, actually, our diplomats are threatened, our consulates have been attacked.”
He said Canada often justified that “saying that is how democracies work.”
“If somebody gives me something specific, it does not have to be restricted to Canada. But if there is any incident which is an issue and somebody gives me something specific, as a government, I would look at it,” he said. EFE