Trudeau links India to Sikh leader’s killing near Vancouver


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accused the Indian government of a role in the death of a Canadian Sikh leader.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot dead outside a Sikh temple on 18 June in British Columbia.

Mr Trudeau said Canadian intelligence has identified a “credible” link between his death and the Indian state.

India called the claim “absurd”. Mr Trudeau raised the issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the recent G20 summit.

“Any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty,” Mr Trudeau said on Monday in the House of Commons.

“It is contrary to the fundamental rules by which free, open and democratic societies conduct themselves.”


India has previously denied any involvement with Mr Nijjar’s murder.

Canada also expelled an Indian diplomat, Pavan Kumar Rai, on Monday over the case, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly told reporters following Mr Trudeau’s remarks.

Ms Joly said Canadian officials are limited in what they can say in public about the case due to the ongoing homicide investigation into Mr Nijjar’s death.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement that it rejected Mr Trudeau’s claims.

“Allegations of government of India’s involvement in any act of violence in Canada are absurd and motivated,” said the ministry.