20 Sept 2023

India-Canada News: MEA Issues Travel Advisory To Students Amid "Anti-India Activities" In Canada

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday issued travel advisory to Indian nationals including students amid "growing anti-India activities" in Canada.

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs asked all Indian nationals there and those contemplating travel  to exercise utmost caution in view of growing anti-India activities and politically-condoned hate crimes and criminal violence in Canada.

Recently, threats have particularly targeted Indian diplomats and sections of the Indian community who oppose the anti-India agenda, the MEA said.

Indian nationals are therefore advised to avoid travelling to regions and potential venues in Canada that have seen such incidents.

Our High Commission/Consulates General will continue to be in contact with the Canadian authorities to ensure the safety and well being of the Indian community in Canada, the MEA has said.

Given the deteriorating security environment in Canada, Indian students in particular are advised to exercise extreme caution and remain vigilant.

The MEA said Indian nationals and students from India in Canada must 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 Registration would enable the High Commission and the Consulates General to better connect with Indian citizens in Canada in the event of any emergency or untoward incident.

The advisory came amid growing tensions between India and Canada after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday told parliament that his country's security agencies have been actively pursuing "allegations" of a potential link between Indian government agents and the murder of Khalistan Tiger Force chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia in June.

While New Delhi categorically rejected Trudeau's allegation, calling it "absurd" and "motivated", the relations between the two countries have worsened with Canada and India expelling a senior diplomat each.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar briefed PM Modi over the situation in Canada.

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