Canada and the United States worked closely together on intelligence suggesting that Indian agents may have been involved in the murder of a Sikh leader in British Columbia. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that domestic intelligence agencies were actively investigating credible allegations linking New Delhi’s agents to the shooting. Canada possesses evidence that will be shared in due course. Trudeau emphasized the international law implications of the case and urged the Indian government to cooperate in the investigation. India dismissed Trudeau’s claims as absurd and expelled a Canadian diplomat in retaliation for Canada expelling India’s top intelligence figure. This further strains diplomatic ties, with India unhappy about Sikh separatist activity in Canada. US authorities expressed support for Canada’s investigation and called for the Indian government to cooperate. Some are urging Trudeau to provide evidence of the allegations. The dispute has already affected trade talks and a trade mission between the two countries. The murdered Sikh leader supported the creation of an independent Sikh homeland in India’s Punjab state, which India considers terrorism.
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