India has issued a travel advisory for its citizens in Canada, warning them about potential hate crimes and urging them to remain vigilant. This comes after Ottawa accused New Delhi of being involved in the assassination of a Sikh separatist activist in Canada. The advisory specifically mentions threats targeting Indian diplomats and members of the Indian community who oppose the anti-India agenda. Indian students in Canada are advised to exercise extreme caution. The advisory also recommends that Indian nationals and students register with the High Commission of India or Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver.
Hardeep Singh Niijar: India issues travel advisory for Canada as spat deepens
India has urged its citizens in Canada to stay vigilant following allegations that New Delhi may be involved in the assassination of a Sikh separatist activist on Canadian soil. The travel advisory highlights the increasing security risks in Canada, with specific threats targeting Indian diplomats and individuals opposing the anti-India agenda. Indian students are advised to be extremely cautious. The advisory also emphasizes the importance of registering with the Indian High Commission or Consulates General in Toronto and Vancouver for emergency situations.
Threats and Security Concerns
The travel advisory points out the politically condoned hate crimes in Canada, particularly targeting Indian diplomats and members of the Indian community who oppose the anti-India agenda. It warns Indian students to exercise extreme caution due to the deteriorating security environment. The advisory recommends registering with Indian diplomatic missions to ensure better connectivity in case of emergencies or untoward incidents.
Visa Suspension and Denial
As tensions escalate, India has suspended visa services for Canadian citizens. BLS International, the visa consultancy service handling Indian visa applications in Canada, announced the suspension on its website. The notice from the Indian mission cites operational reasons for the temporary suspension of visa services until further notice. The notice was briefly removed and then reappeared without explanation.