No response yet on list of Category A gangsters shared with Canada, says India, blames domestic politics for delay

India has shared a list of Category A gangsters in Canada with Justin Trudeau’s government but there has been no response so far, top intelligence sources told CNN-News18 as Canadian police arrested members of an alleged assassination squad linked to the assassination of Khalistani separatist. leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in the province of British Columbia in June last year.

“The Canadian government does not want to respond to the Indian request to extradite these criminals. These gangsters are working against the interests of the Indian government and especially for Pakistan’s ISI. Shelter for these gangsters is a serious issue and if they commit local crimes, the Canadian government will blame India,” the sources said.

They added that the Canadian government’s support for Khalistanis also stems from domestic politics. “For local voices, they harbor these gangsters who are used by Pakistan from time to time. We expect the Canadian government to respond to these designated criminals and transfer their custody to India.”

The list includes names like Arsh Dalla, Rinku Bihla, Baba Dalla, Landa, Raman Judge, Sam Abohar and Snover Singh Dhillon.

In a statement on Friday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) named Kamalpreet Singh, Karanpreet Singh and Goldy Brar as accused of shooting Khalistani leader Nijjar, who was also a Canadian citizen, in a gurdwara parking lot in Surrey. , a city in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Indian officials aware of the developments said the three named as suspects lived in Canada, were involved in drug trafficking and had links with Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). “Gangsters are conducting operations in India while they are in Canada and many of the suspects named by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) live there. They regularly received money from ISI for anti-India and pro-Khalistani activities. From time to time we have provided evidence, but no support is given by the Canadian government or their police,” the aforementioned officials told CNN-News18.

“This is a matter for the Canadian police and mentioning the name of the Indian government means accusations without evidence,” she further added.

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Nijjar’s death and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s claims that India played a role have soured relations between Ottawa and New Delhi. India has said the claims are “baseless” and has sought proof from Canadian authorities.

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    Manoj Gupta is Group Editor for Security Affairs at CNN-News18

    first print: May 4, 2024 1:18 PM IST