New Delhi issues advisory to students to be cautious about hate crimes against Indians in Canada
New Delhi: India on Friday issued an advisory to Indian students in Canada to exercise due caution and remain vigilant in view of the increasing incidences of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities in the country.
"There has been a sharp increase in incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities in Canada. The Ministry of External Affairs and our High Commission/Consulates General in Canada have taken up these incidents with the Canadian authorities and requested them to investigate the said crimes and take appropriate action. The perpetrators of these crimes have not been brought to justice so far in Canada," read a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.
"In view of the increasing incidences of crimes as described above, 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," read the statement.
"Indian nationals and students from India in Canada may also register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver through their respective websites, or the MADAD portal madad.gov.in. Registration would 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 further said.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi earlier said India raised concerns on the Khalistan referendum issue in Canada.
Khalistan Referendum posters spotted in Bramption, Ontario by IBNS.
India strongly protested that the "politically motivated exercises by extremist elements" are allowed to take place in a friendly country like Canada.
India has condemned the Khalistan referendum held at Brampton, Ontario in Canada on Sept 19. The ballot exercise was organised by the pro-Khalistan group Sikh For Justice (SFJ).
Bagchi said referring to the Khalistan Referendum:"We would term it as farcical exercise. A farcical exercise was held by extremists and radical elements supporting the so-called Khalistan referendum in Canada."
"The matter has been taken up with the Canadian authorities through diplomatic channels. The government of Canada has reiterated that they respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India and they will not recognise the so-called referendum which is taking place in Canada," the MEA spokesperson said.