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Justin Trudeau answers a key question about Hardeep Nijjar’s murder probe

India has previously rejected the allegations as baseless. (File)

Ottawa:

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that they would seek constructive cooperation with the Indian government in the investigation into the killing of designated terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

According to the Canada-based Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC), Mr. Trudeau was asked: “How is India’s cooperation in the murder investigation of Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar when Canada has credible allegations and India expects Canada to complete its own investigation first?” ?”?”

The Canadian prime minister responded: “The killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is something we should all take extremely seriously.”

“The credible allegations involving Indian government agents – that is not something we have stated lightly, but our responsibility to protect all Canadians from illegal actions by foreign governments is something we as a country that is based on diversity based, take over.” “This has to be taken very seriously,” he added.

India has previously rejected the allegations as baseless.

According to a video shared by CPAC, Mr. Trudeau said the Canadian government was ensuring appropriate investigations were carried out.

“That is why we have unequivocally committed ourselves to the rule of law and ensured that the relevant investigations are carried out in full accordance with our justice system and our police independence,” said the Canadian Prime Minister.

He further said that they are working constructively with the Indian government to get to the bottom of this matter.

“At the same time we are working. We want to work constructively with the Indian government to get to the bottom of this, understand how this happened and to ensure that no Canadian is ever at risk again.” “Foreign interference by any international power,” he added.

Nijjar, who was designated a terrorist by the National Investigation Agency in 2020, was shot dead on the evening of June 18, 2023 as he emerged from a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia.

Trudeau had accused the Indian government of a role in the killing of Nijjar, an accusation that India denied and that led to the deterioration of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

India has rejected the allegations as “absurd and motivated”.

According to the State Department, Canada was unable to provide evidence to support its claims about the killing.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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