Why did the Canadian intelligence chief visit India twice? What is its connection with the Nijjar murder case?

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Canadian intelligence chief David Vigneault made two secret visits to India in February and March to brief Indian authorities on the killing of separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, people familiar with the developments said. Vigneault, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), is believed to have shared information that emerged during Ottawa's investigation into the killing. Relations between India and Canada came under severe strain after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in September last year levelled allegations of possible involvement of Indian agents in Nijjar's killing. India rejected Trudeau's allegations as absurd.

Vigneault's unannounced visit to India came weeks before Canada arrested three Indian nationals – Karanpreet Singh (28), Kamalpreet Singh (22) and Karan Brar (22) – for their alleged involvement in Nijjar's murder. Canadian authorities then arrested a fourth Indian, Amandeep Singh. Nijjar, declared a terrorist by India, was shot dead outside a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18 last year. The killing is being investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

A Canadian government official said, “We can confirm that CSIS Director David Vigneault visited India, but we do not comment on the nature or content of closed-door meetings.” “As I said, ever since Canada became aware of the credible allegations, we have consistently provided all information on the Nijjar case to India through various channels,” he said. “Prime Minister Trudeau and Canada's Public Safety Minister have also publicly confirmed this,” he said. There was no comment from the Indian side when asked about Vigneault's visit.

Many other Canadian officials also visited India!
Sources said that apart from Vigneault, some other Canadian officials also visited India this year to discuss various aspects of the case related to the murder of Nijjar. India has been officially maintaining that it has not received any specific information related to the case from Canada.

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