India urged its citizens be vigilant due to sharp increase in hate crimes in Canada

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New Delhi: Indian External Ministry warned Indian citizens in Canada and students flying to Canada, urged them to remain vigilant due to sharp increase in hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities.

External Ministry in a statement said that it has taken up incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities with Canada and has asked for investigation and action. The perpetrators of these crimes have not been brought to justice so far in Canada.

Indian nationals and students from India in Canada and those proceeding to Canada for travel/education are advised to exercise due caution and remain vigilant, it said. The advisory was put out in the middle of a huge diplomatic row over a so-called referendum by pro-Khalistan elements on a separate homeland for Sikhs.

The referendum as a farcical exercise held by extremist and radical elements, said External Ministry’s spokesperson Arindam Bagchi. He also said it was deeply objectionable that this was allowed in a friendly country.

The Indian Government urged Indian nationals and students in Canada to register with the Indian mission in Ottawa or consulates in Toronto and Vancouver. This will enable the High Commission and the Consulates General to better connect with Indian citizens in Canada in the event of any requirement or emergency, the statement said.

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