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Sikhs refuse Indian ambassador to UK to enter inside Glasgow Gurdwara

Indian officials are banned from visiting Gurdwaras after PM Trudeau claimed India's involvement in killing Nijjar

By Murtaza Ali Shah
September 30, 2023
Sikhs denying entrance to Indian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Vikram Doraiswami to Glasgow Gurdwara Albert. — Screengrab
Sikhs denying entrance to Indian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Vikram Doraiswami to Glasgow Gurdwara Albert. — Screengrab

Sikh men on Friday denied entry to an Indian envoy to Gurdwara Albert in Glasgow, United Kingdom after Canada accused the Narendra Modi-led country of involvement in the murder of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

There has been a ban on Indian officials from visiting Gurdwaras in their official capacity after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of involvement in Nijjar's killing.

The Sikh men, protesting Nijjar's killing in Canada, confronted the Indian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Vikram Doraiswami, after which he left the Gurdwara premises.

Nijjar was the leader of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) and was gunned down in June outside a gurdwara in Surrey, Canada.

After the Indian government was held responsible for the Canadian national's killing, New Delhi and Ottawa expelled diplomats in tit-for-tat moves.

Trudeau said on September 18 that Indian agents played a role in the June murder of Nijjar, a Canadian citizen, near Vancouver.

The fallout prompted a forceful denial from India, which said any suggestion it played a role in Nijjar's killing was "absurd."

Later, the Canadian PM told the Indian government "to help uncover the truth of this matter".

"We call upon the government of India to work with us to establish processes to uncover the truth of this matter and to allow for justice and accountability to be served," Trudeau said.

Canada's allies, including the US, seem to be treading carefully in this situation which, according to political analysts, is partially due to the fact that Washington and other major countries view India as a check on China's expanding influence.

Earlier this week, India's Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar held discussions with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan regarding the Canadian allegations of India's potential involvement in the murder.

Jaishankar mentioned that during the discussions, they exchanged views and assessments on the entire situation, and he provided a comprehensive summary of his concerns. These discussions occurred at a Hudson Institute event in Washington DC.