The Indian Ministry of External Affairs issued an advisory urging Indian nationals in Canada and those planning to travel there to exercise caution on September 20. The warning was issued in response to allegations that New Delhi was involved in the murder of a Sikh separatist in Canada.
“In view of growing anti-India activities and politically-condoned hate crimes and criminal violence in Canada, all Indian nationals there and those contemplating travel are urged to exercise utmost caution, “ the advisory read.
It also brought attention to the fact that Indian diplomats and other members of the Indian community who opposed the anti-India agenda have been the direct targets of threats. As a result, citizens of India were cautioned against visiting parts of Canada where such incidents had taken place.
The advisory emphasized Indian students to be extra cautious due to the worsening security situation in Canada. The safety of the Indian community in Canada would be ensured through regular communication between the Indian Consulate General and local authorities, it stated.
For better communication between the High Commission and the Consulates General with Indian citizens in Canada in the event of an emergency or incident, it was also suggested that Indian nationals and students register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or the Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver via their respective websites or the MADAD portal (madad.gov.in.).