India is awaiting details of arrests in Canada over the killing of Sikh separatists

Sanjay Verma, India’s high commissioner to Canada, said it hopes to get regular updates from Canadian authorities on the three arrested Indians.

“I understand that the arrests were made as a result of investigations conducted by the relevant Canadian law enforcement agencies. This matter is internal to Canada and therefore we have no comment to make in this regard,” Verma added.

The trio, all Indian nationals, were arrested in the Alberta city of Edmonton on Friday, police said.

Nijjar, 45, was shot dead in June outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, a Vancouver suburb with a large Sikh population. A few months later, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cited credible allegations of Indian government involvement, leading to a diplomatic crisis with New Delhi.

Nijjar was a Canadian citizen who campaigned for the creation of Khalistan, an independent Sikh homeland from India. The presence of Sikh separatist groups in Canada has long frustrated New Delhi, which had labeled Nijjar a “terrorist.”

Canadian police said they had been cooperating with U.S. law enforcement agencies, without providing additional details, and suggested more arrests may be forthcoming.