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Great-grandson of Bhagat Singh trapped in Canada returns home from Border Agency custody

Written by  Annesha Barua -- February 26th 2024 08:22 PM
Great-grandson of Bhagat Singh trapped in Canada returns home from Border Agency custody

Great-grandson of Bhagat Singh trapped in Canada returns home from Border Agency custody

PTC News Desk: Karanveer Singh, the great-grandson of the iconic Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, has been successfully repatriated to India after being stranded in Canada. The National Minority Commission, under the leadership of Chairman Iqbal Singh Lalpura, played a pivotal role in facilitating Karanveer's return to his homeland. With the strong backing of the Ministry of External Affairs, concerted efforts were made to ensure Karanveer's safe return, which was accomplished on February 25.

Karanveer Singh ventured to Canada in 2018 for educational pursuits and took up part-time employment. However, amidst the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, he encountered workplace discrimination and was unfairly subjected to reduced work assignments, ultimately leading to his dismissal. This ordeal inflicted mental stress upon Karanveer and caused him to lose touch with his family, culminating in his detention by the Canadian Border Services Agency.


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Upon learning of Karanveer's plight, Chairman Iqbal Singh Lalpura swiftly intervened, petitioning Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar on January 31, 2024. Subsequently, the Ministry of External Affairs liaised with the Indian Embassy in Toronto and collaborated with the CBSA to facilitate Karanveer's repatriation. Through collaborative efforts, all necessary procedures were expedited, paving the way for Karanveer's safe return to India, which was realized on February 25, 2024.

Expressing gratitude upon his return, Karanveer Singh extended heartfelt appreciation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, and National Minority Commission Chairman Iqbal Singh Lalpura for their unwavering support and assistance throughout his ordeal.

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(Inputs from agencies)

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