Advisory for Indian Nationals and Students from India in Canada

This announcement comes just a day after India called the so-called Khalistan referendum held by separatist groups a "farcical exercise.

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TNI Bureau: On September 23, the Indian government issued an advisory to Indian nationals and students in Canada, citing an increase in hate crimes, sectarian violence, and anti-India activities. This announcement comes just a day after India called the so-called Khalistan referendum held by separatist groups a “farcical exercise.”

MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said during a weekly media briefing that India had expressed concerns to Canada about the use of its territory by politically motivated “extremist elements.”

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Earlier that day, on September 19, over 100,000 Canadian Sikhs voted in the Khalistan Referendum in Brampton, Ontario, which was organized by the pro-Khalistani group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ). Social media images showed a large number of men and women queuing to vote in the Khalistan Referendum.

The Indian government had warned the Canadian government about the rise of anti-India forces in the country. The Canadian government, on the other hand, refused to prevent them from expressing their views by holding the Khalistan Referendum and linking it to a peaceful and democratic process within the legal parameters of the country’s laws.

Prior to that, in an apparent hate crime, “Canadian Khalistani extremists” defaced a prominent Hindu temple with anti-India graffiti, prompting the Indian mission to condemn the incident and urge authorities to take swift action against the perpetrators.

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