Last week Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, frustrated at a lack of cooperation by India’s authorities, publicly spoke of “credible evidence” that an agency of the Indian Government was involved in the June assassination of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar (pictured) — a Canadian citizen — in Surrey in British Columbia.
The Indian Foreign Ministry said the allegations were “completely rejected and declared that Canada is becoming a safe haven for “terrorists”. Visas were restricted for Canadian citizens.
But then the Biden Administration intervened. The US Ambassador to Canada, David Cohen said that the Five Eyes intelligence community — the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK — had passed evidence to Ottawa of the Indian involvement. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said:
From our perspective, it is critical that the Canadian investigation proceed, and it would be important that India work with the Canadians on this investigation.
We want to see accountability, and it’s important that the investigation run its course and lead to that result.”
EA’s David Dunn provides analysis for India’s WION TV:
It’s clear that Canada has gone beyond the private criticisms and complaints that it made to India over this issue, and feels that Delhi’s complete denial of this warrants them taking a public position — a position verified by American intelligence, embarrassing Delhi.