In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that Indian Missions in Canada have taken up these incidents with the Canadian authorities and requested them to investigate these crimes.
Strong increase in hate crimes
“There has been a sharp increase in incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-Indian activities in Canada. The Ministry of External Affairs and our High Commission/Consulate General in Canada have taken up these incidents with the Canadian authorities and requested them to investigate the said crimes and take necessary action,” the MEA said in a statement, stressing that ” the perpetrators of these crimes have so far not been brought to justice in Canada.”
“Due to the increase in crimes described above, Indian citizens and students from India in Canada and those traveling to/seeking education in Canada are advised to exercise due caution and remain vigilant,” the statement said.
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) 23 September 2022
The government opens the MADAD portal
The advisory also stated that Indian nationals and students from India in Canada can also register with the Indian High Commission in Ottawa or Indian Consulates General in Toronto and Vancouver through their respective websites or the MADAD portal. madad.gov.in.
“Registration would enable the High Commission and Consulates General to better connect with Indian nationals in Canada in case of any need or emergency,” the adviser said.
The advice came a day after India on Thursday called the Khalistan referendum held by separatist groups a “farce”.
Canada uses political ‘extremists’
Speaking at a weekly briefing, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India had conveyed to Canada its concerns about the use of its territory by political “extremists”.
India has been deeply opposed to allowing “politically motivated exercises by extremists” in a friendly country like Canada, he said.
“We would call it a farcical exercise”: Bagchi
“We would call it a farcical exercise. The extreme and radical elements who supported the so-called Khalistan referendum in Canada staged a farcical exercise,” Bagchi said.
He said India has taken up the matter with the Canadian authorities and they reiterated their respect for India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
– The matter has been discussed with the Canadian authorities through diplomatic channels. The Canadian government has reiterated that it respects India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and does not recognize the so-called referendum held in Canada,” the MEA spokesperson said.