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India warns Canadians of rising hate crimes, ‘sectarian violence’ – National

The Indian government has warned Canadian citizens of a sharp rise in hate crimes, sectarian violence and “anti-Indian activism.”

However, the head of a Sikh group based in Mississauga, Ontario, said the allegations in a statement released by the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday were directed at peaceful Sikh political activism in Canada and were unfounded. said no.

In a statement, the Indian government said it had raised an alleged incident with Canadian authorities and requested an investigation.

“The perpetrators of these crimes have so far not been brought to justice in Canada,” the statement said, though no information was provided as to where the incident occurred.

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Given the “increasing rate of crime”, Indian citizens and students in Canada are advised to exercise due caution and remain vigilant.

Global Affairs Canada was unable to respond to a request for comment from the Government of India on this allegation, and RCMP headquarters in Ottawa did not immediately provide a response.

World Sikh Organization spokesman Balpreet Singh said the statement was “purely political” and said there was no evidence of an increase in sectarian violence and extremism targeting Indian citizens and Canadian students. Stated.

He said a Hindu temple was vandalized in Toronto last week with graffiti, but police have so far not linked the incident to “anti-Indian activity.”

“My organization and others condemn vandalism of any place of worship. It is unacceptable and I hope that whoever is responsible will be brought to justice,” Singh said.


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He said the Indian government’s claims may be in response to the so-called “Haristan referendum” held in Brampton, Ontario, on the creation of an independent Sikh homeland.

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Singh said tens of thousands of Sikhs voted for the initiative organized by the Sikhs for Justice.

Similar referendums are being held around the world, with votes due in Vancouver and Calgary, he said.

Singh said the referendum was a threat to the Indian government because Sikhs had come together to support the goal of independence for their country.

“American Jews played a key role in shaping and supporting Israel,” he said, adding that India emerged from British rule in the early 1900s after activities involving North American populations. added.


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Singh said other recent gatherings organized by Sikhs have been defamed.

In June, members of Ottawa’s Sikh community called for an investigation after two men were arrested after the Capitol was evacuated at an event commemorating the 1984 Sikh massacre in India.

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Police apologized and released members of the group that organized the event after determining there was no threat to public safety.

The genocide of Sikhs in India is linked to the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by a Sikh bodyguard after Indian forces stormed the Golden Temple in Amritsar, where militants had occupied Sikhism’s holiest shrine. Was.

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