Hindu temples are being targeted in Canada
He said, “All this is being done in the name of freedom of speech and expression, I am again asking the Canadian authorities to step in and take action.” Emphasizing that Hindu temples have been the target of attacks over the years, Arya said, “Hindu temples have been attacked several times over the past few years. Hate crimes are being committed against Hindu-Canadians. ” “Allowing these things to continue openly and publicly is not acceptable,” he said. In August this year, a Hindu temple was vandalized with posters of Khalistan referendum by extremist elements in Canada.
The poster at the temple gate featured the photo of Khalistan Tiger Force chief and designated terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was killed in June this year. This is not the first attack on a Hindu temple in Canada; Many such incidents have been carried out by Khalistani extremists, many incidents were also recorded this year. In April this year, the BAPS Swaminarayan Temple was vandalized with anti-India graffiti in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Earlier in February, Ram Temple in Mississauga, Canada was vandalized with anti-India graffiti.
Tension in India-Canada relations
The Consulate General of India in Toronto condemned the vandalism of the temple and requested Canadian authorities to investigate the incident and take prompt action against the culprits. In January, anti-India graffiti was daubed at a Hindu temple in Brampton, sparking outrage among the Indian community. The Consulate General of India in Toronto condemned the vandalism at the Gauri Shankar Temple, saying that this act has deeply hurt the sentiments of the Indian community in Canada. Meanwhile, relations between India and Canada have soured after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the claim during a debate in the Canadian Parliament.
Allegation of India’s involvement in the murder of Hardeep Nijjar
He claimed that his country’s national security officials have reason to believe that “agents of the Government of India” carried out the murder of Nijjar, a Canadian citizen who also served as president of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara of Surrey. . However, India had strongly rejected the claims, calling them “absurd” and “motivated”. Notably, Canada has not yet provided any public evidence to support the claim that Hardeep Singh Nijjar was murdered.
Nijjar was shot outside a gurudwara in a parking area in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada on June 18. Notably, amid the diplomatic standoff with Canada, India had halted its visa services in September until “further notice”. However, last month, India decided to resume visa services for four categories in Canada after reviewing the security situation, which “takes into account certain recent Canadian measures in this regard.” Entry visa, business visa, medical visa and conference visa are the four categories in which India has decided to resume visa services in Canada from October 26.
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