The Ministry of External Affairs of India has issued an important advisory for Indian citizens planning to travel to Canada. This advisory comes in response to Canada’s updated travel advisory for India, which was issued due to allegations regarding the involvement of Indian officials in a recent incident.
Background: Canada’s Concerns and India’s Response
Canada had expressed concerns about the alleged involvement of Indian officials in the killing of a Khalistani terrorist and the ongoing diplomatic tensions between the two countries. In light of this, the Ministry of External Affairs in India issued its own advisory on Wednesday, addressing the increasing anti-India activities and politically motivated hate crimes taking place in Canada.
Caution for Indian Citizens
The advisory strongly encourages all Indian citizens currently in Canada and those contemplating travel to exercise extreme caution. This is particularly important for Indian students, as they have been specifically targeted by recent threats.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada had spoken in the Canadian Parliament, alleging the involvement of Indian agencies in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. However, the Indian government has categorically denied these allegations, dismissing them as baseless.
Registration for Safety
To ensure the safety and well-being of Indian citizens in Canada, the advisory recommends that Indian citizens and students register with the High Commission of India in Ottawa or the Consulates General of India in Toronto and Vancouver through their respective websites or the MADAD portal (madad.gov.in). This registration will facilitate better communication and assistance in case of emergencies or untoward incidents.
Canada’s Travel Advisory for India
Canada has also updated its travel advisory for India, emphasizing certain security concerns. The advisory highlights the tense security situation in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, with high risks of violent protests, civil unrest, terrorism, and extremism. Civilian casualties resulting from terrorist attacks against security forces have been reported, and further attacks are considered possible.
Additionally, the advisory mentions concerns about the northeastern states of Assam and Manipur, where various extremist and insurgent groups remain active. These groups often target local government and security forces, financing their activities through criminal means. Travelers are urged to exercise caution when visiting these regions.