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Khalistan supporters hold protest outside Indian Consulate in Vancouver

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 26 September 2023, 8:38 IST
Khalistan supporters hold protest in Canada

News Summary:

  • Khalistan supporters protest outside Indian Consulate in Vancouver.
  • Allegations by Canadian PM Trudeau of Indian government involvement.
  • Demonstrators wave Khalistan flags, play music, and chant slogans.
  • India's flag burned in protest outside the consulate.
  • Calls for public inquiry into Hardeep Singh Nijjar's killing.
  • Vancouver Police close roads, barriers placed near Indian Consulate.

Ottawa: Dozens of Khalistan supporters outside the Indian Consulate in Vancouver held a protest against the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar amid Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's allegations that the Indian government was behind his slaying.

Protesters waved Khalistan flags, played music and shouted slogans. Some of them burnt India's flag in a garbage can outside the Indian Consulate. Similar protests were held in Toronto as well.

Protesters called Nijjar's killing an "assassination" and called for a public inquiry into the case, Canada-based CTV News reported. The protest was one of several planned by Khalistan supporters in cities across Canada.

The World Sikh Organization in advance issued a warning of the possibility of "incitement and interference" and called for vigilance, CTV News reported.

In a statement, World Sikh Organization president Tejinder Singh Sidhu called for finding the killers of Hardeep Singh Nijjar. 

He further said, "If members of the community feel unsafe or see attempts to incite violence, we encourage them to immediately contact law enforcement," CTV News reported.

Earlier, the Vancouver Police Department closed the road around the Indian Consulate in Vancouver ahead of a protest planned by Khalistan supporters. Barriers were placed blocking the entrance to the Indian Consulate in Vancouver's building on Howe Street, CTV News reported.

(With ANI inputs)

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First published: 26 September 2023, 8:26 IST