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“We have not been given relevant evidence”: MEA after 3 Indians arrested in Nijjar Murder in Canada – India Tribune

MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal. /IANS

New Delhi (India), May 9 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday that Canada has not provided any “specific” evidence or relevant information in the Hardeep Singh Nijjar murder case and that no “formal communication” has been provided to India regarding the arrests of three Indians allegedly involved in the murder case. matter.
“We have not been provided with any specific or relevant evidence or information in this case. Canada has informed us of the arrest. But we don’t have any formal communication…,” MEA spokesperson said about three Indians arrested in Canada for Nijjar’s murder.
“Understand, therefore, the view that there is bias when people say x or y. Of course there are political interests at play. We have long maintained that separatists, extremists and those who advocate violence have been given political space in Canada,” he said at a press conference on Thursday.
“Our diplomats have been threatened with impunity and hindered in the performance of their duties. We have also alerted Canadian authorities that organized crime figures with ties to India have been granted entry and residence. They are processing many extradition requests. We are having discussions at the diplomatic level on all these matters with the Canadian side,” he added.
When asked whether India has granted consular access to the three Indians arrested in the Nijjar Killing case, the MEA spokesperson said they have not received any request from the Canadian side as the arrested have not yet requested consular access have asked.
“There are different standards in different countries. “If a person from a particular country is apprehended in certain countries, it is up to that national to apply for consular access to my embassy and it will be granted,” he said.
The three men were taken into custody in Edmonton last Friday and are charged with first-degree murder and murderous conspiracy in connection with the June 2023 Nijjar shooting, which seriously damaged Canada’s relations with India.
Notably, ties between India and Canada are strained after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused Indian government agents of killing Nijjar. However, India has dismissed the allegations as ‘absurd’ and ‘motivated’.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was labeled a terrorist by India’s National Investigation Agency in 2020, was shot as he emerged from a Gurdwara in Surrey in June last year. The video of his murder which reportedly surfaced in March this year showed Nijjar being shot by gunmen in what has been described as a ‘contract killing’.
Last week, Canadian police released photos of all three people arrested in the killing of Indian-designated terrorist Nijjar last year, amid an ongoing investigation into alleged links to the Indian government.
In addition to photos of the three suspects, Canadian police have also released the photos of the car believed to have been used by the suspects in the lead-up to the murder, in and around the Surrey area.
Surrey’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), RCMP, had said that on the morning of May 3, IHIT investigators, with the assistance of members of the British Columbia and Alberta RCMP and the Edmonton Police Service, arrested the three men for the killing of police in June. 2023 murder of Nijjar.

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