Indian diaspora in Canada face threats from Khalistani group for supporting Indian Farm laws

Members of Khalistani separatists vandalized the statue of Mahatma Gandhi during a protest (Source- News18)

Indian diaspora in Canada is facing violence and death threats from Pro - Khalistan separatists group for supporting Indian Farm laws. The government of India takes note of the threat faced by Canadian Khalistani separatist elements.

A letter was written by Many Indo- Canadian group including the National Alliance of Indo- Canadian have raised issues with the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair, have alleged Khalistani groups for threatening them with violence including rape and death of family members for supporting Indian Farm laws.

“There have been multiple reports of Indo-Canadians, who are critical of the arguments against the laws or remain committed to improving and strengthening relations between the land of their heritage, India, and the land that has adopted them, Canada, being intimidated online, threatened with violence including rape of women their families, and this has escalated to certain elements even gathering at the residences and offices of individual Canadian citizens,” the letter alleges.

The letter further informs that, "reports of such instances and incidents have come from the Greater Toronto Area, Metro Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. Unfortunately, separatist elements seeking to create ‘Khalistan’ have infiltrated farmers’ protest in India and are engaged in the anti-legislation agitations in Canada, and the attacks on Indo-Canadians have taken a sectarian turn".

Dr. Azad Kaushik, President of the National Alliance of Indo- Canadian, had confirmed the threat faced by mainly Canadian Hindus and Moderate Sikhs. He also raised a big concern, termed unfortunate about the tacit support to the farmer's agitation in India by Canadian politicians.

Meanwhile, the Indian government raised the issue with Canadian authorities and assured help to the Indian diaspora. " You may urge them to immediately approach Canadian authorities and the local police and seek the protection of anti-hate laws in Canada. They should be urged to share such instances with Indian community organizations so that such organizations can bring such instance to the notice of Canadian authorities and leadership", High commissioner Ajay Bisaria has written a request letter to the Indian diaspora leaders.

The letter from the high commissioner states, " “We are also concerned at reports that Indian citizen and friends of India who have expressed their views in support of the farm reforms in India have been targeted and subjected to intimidation, threats of violence, and calls to boycott or disrupt their business, we request you to convey to the community that in the event that any Indian national is subjected to any such threats of violence or intimidation, they should report the matter, with all details to the local police, and also bring it to our immediate attention. We have already taken up the issue of ensuring the safety of all Indian citizens in Canada, including students from India, with Canadian authorities.

" Recently, talking with PM Modi, Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau requested for Covid-19 vaccine supply. "if the world managed to conquer COVID-19, it would be significant because of India's tremendous pharmaceutical capacity, and Prime Minister Modi's leadership in sharing this capacity with the world", he said. Earlier, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had also been addressed a parade for 'Khalsa Day' which glorified Sikh leader militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who was killed in operation Bluestar in June 1984 even after the strong opposition of moderate Sikh communities and the Indian government.

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