killing of Sikh activists in BC: India awaits arrest details in Canada

India will wait for Canadian police to share information about the three IndiaThe country has arrested and charged men for the murder of a Sikh separatist leader last year, Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on Saturday.

Canadian police charged the three on Friday with the killing of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar and said they were investigating whether the suspects had links to the terror group. Indiaa government.

Jaishankar said he had seen the news about the arrests and said the suspects ‘apparently are’ IndiaIf we have a gang background… we will have to wait for the police to tell us.”

“But, as I said, one of our concerns that we have expressed to them is that they have allowed organized crime to come in from outside. Indiaspecifically from Punjab, to operate in Canada,” Jaishankar said.

Sanjay Verma, IndiaCanada’s High Commissioner to Canada said it hopes to receive 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 of them 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 Indian government intervention, which led to a diplomatic crisis with New Delhi.

Nijjar was a Canadian citizen who campaigned for the creation of Khalistan, an independent Sikh homeland 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.

(Reporting by Jatindra Dash and by Promit Mukherjee in Ottawa; additional reporting by Rishabh Jaiswal; writing by Arpan Chaturvedi and editing by Ros Russell and Diane Craft)