Canadian Sikhs stage protests against Indian government over killing of Hardeep Nijjar

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Canadian Sikhs staged a small protest outside India’s diplomatic mission on Monday, a week after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that the Indian government might be involved in murder of Sikh separatist advocate in Canada’s British Columbia.

A week earlier, the Canadian PM stood in the parliament to say that domestic intelligence agencies have put forward credible allegations that tie New Delhi’s connection to the shooting of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen, in June.

Around a 100 protestors gathered in Toronto and burned an Indian flag. They also stuck a cardboard cut-out of PM Narendra Modi with shoe. In other part of the country, about 200 protestors gathered in Vancouver. Fewer than 100 people gathered outside Indian High Commissioner’s Office (Embassy) in Ottawa.

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The protestors waved yellow flags marked with the word “Khalistan”, a way showing their support for making India’s Punjab a separate country, for which Nijjar for advocating.

“We are really thankful to Justin Trudeau… We want no stone left unturned to get to the bottom of this cowardly act,” stated Reshma Singh, one of the protestors in Ottawa.

The country is home to more than 770,000 Sikhs, which is second largest population of Sikhs after their home state of Punjab.