Farm bill protest row: Indian mission in Canada asks for additional security

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi Published: Dec 05, 2020, 09.56 PM(IST)

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference Photograph:( Reuters )

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Ever since the farm bill protest started in India, fringe elements in Canada have been protesting near the Indian High Commission in Ottawa which has raised security fears on the campus.

The Indian mission in Canada has asked for additional security as Khalistani and Pakistani elements have joined the protests near the High Commission and Indian consulates in the country. 

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Ever since the farm bill protest started in India, fringe elements in Canada have been protesting near the Indian High Commission in Ottawa which has raised security fears on the campus.

The issue was also raised during the summoning of Canadian envoy to India Nadir Patel on Friday. 

Ministry of external affairs had summoned Patel after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented on the farmers' protests, expressing his "concerns".

The release by MEA said, "comments have encouraged gatherings of extremist activities in front" of Indian High Commission and Consulates in Canada that "raise issues of safety and security." 

Calling the Canadian government to "ensure the fullest security of Indian diplomatic personnel", the statement asked the Canadian leadership to "refrain from pronouncements that legitimise extremist activism."

The fringe Khalistani element has the support of Pakistani's spy agency ISI, which would be keen to see the current developments as an opportunity to create trouble for Indian diplomats and mission. Earlier this year, a Canadian think tank MacDonald-Laurier Institute said that the cause of Khalistan has considerable support of Pakistan.  

Last year Pakistani protesters had vandalized the Indian mission in London. The protesters were protesting against India removing special status for the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and had considerable support among the Pakistani diaspora.

Meanwhile, Indian diplomats in Canada have been giving background briefings to the Canadian government, Parliamentarians, business, diaspora for months on farm bills, including in the larger context of reforms.

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