India-Canada clash: Canada fails to provide evidence on Hardeep Singh Nijjar killing, despite claims of having proof

Shefali Kohli
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India-Canada clash: Canada fails to provide evidence on Hardeep Singh Nijjar killing

India-Canada Diplomatic Tensions: Despite Canadian PM Justin Trudeau failing to provide any evidence to back his allegations on India's involvement in the death of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, sources reported claiming that Canada has amassed human and signal intelligence in the probe. 

Sources claimed that the intelligence gathered by the Canadian government includes conversations with Indian diplomats in the country.

It has further claimed that some Indian officials have “not denied” the existence of the intelligence in private.

This comes after Canada PM Justin Trudeau alleged India's role behind the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar. New Delhi has out-rightly denied such allegations calling them ‘absurd’ and ‘motivated’.

However, Canadian Prime Minister failed to present any evidence to back Canadian claims.

Trudeau was repeatedly quizzed on the nature of the allegations but stuck to reiterating that there were "credible reasons" to believe that India was linked to the death of Nijjar. 

"There are credible reasons to believe that agents of the Government of India were involved in the killing of a Canadian on Canadian soil. That is ...there is something of utmost foundational importance in a country's rule of law in a world where international rules-based order matters" said Trudeau. 

"We call upon the Government of India to take seriously this matter and to work with us to shed full transparency and ensure accountability and justice in this matter" added Trudeau.

In connection with the case, several Canadian officials have gone to India seeking ‘cooperation’ in the investigation of Hardeep Singh Nijjar's death the report says.

Canada's National Security and Intelligence Adviser Jody Thomas was in India for over four days in mid-August, then again for five days this month. That last visit overlapped with the meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CBC News reported.
The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday however said that no information has been shared by Canada regarding the killing of Nijjar.

Hardeep Nijjar, a designated Sikh leader in India, was shot dead outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18. 
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