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NIA comes up with list of Khalistani-gangster network with Canadian links

The ties between India and Canada have witnessed an all-time low after Ottawa accused New Delhi’s involvement in the killing Khalistan separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

khalistaniNEW DELHI: Amid diplomatic row between New Delhi and Ottawa, intelligence and investigative agencies have prepared a list of designated terrorists and gangsters, who are wanted by NIA here, living in Canada or having links with them.

The ties between India and Canada have witnessed an all-time low after Ottawa accused New Delhi’s involvement in the killing Khalistan separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June last year.

India took a serious objection to the allegations that Indian agents were involved in the murder calling them as ‘baseless’.

Nijjar was shot dead outside a Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on the evening of June 18, 2023. He was designated a terrorist by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2020.

Officials in the agencies said that there have been multiple instances in the past where India expressed its concerns with authorities in Canada about the growing sentiment of separatism and provided dossiers on the Khalistani terrorists and the threat to India posed by them.

The officials said, in one of the meetings with Canadian authorities the Indian side had asked for actions against such elements living in their country.

“No doubt terrorism is being supported and funded by Pakistan, but there are places across the world, which have become safe havens including Canada, from where such elements are operating,” said a senior intelligence official, while noting that requests have been sent to nations to hand over such operatives to India to face the charges.

Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), particularly since former Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta took charge of the anti-terror probe agency, launched a massive crackdown on the Khalistani-gangster network and prepared a list over 17 notorious accused, who have links with Canada, the officials said.

The officials said most of them have been designated as ‘individual terrorists’ by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act – UAPA.

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