India asks Canada to withdraw 40 diplomats by Oct 10: Reports

India threatens to strip diplomatic immunity if Canada doesn't recall diplomats amid Sikh murder row

India asks Canada to withdraw 40 diplomats by October 10 amid growing tensions (photo: IANS)
India asks Canada to withdraw 40 diplomats by October 10 amid growing tensions (photo: IANS)
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India is learnt to have told Canada to withdraw around 40 diplomats from the country by October 10 amid worsening ties between the two nations, according to reports.

The reports have said that New Delhi has conveyed to Canada that if the diplomats are not withdrawn by the deadline, they will lose their diplomatic immunity.

There are more than 60 Canadian diplomats posted in India.

Last month, after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had alleged in Parliament that Indian intelligence agents may have been involved in the murder of Sikh pro-Khalistan hardliner Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the diplomatic relations have hit an all time low between the two nations.

Following Trudeau's allegations, both the countries had expelled a diplomat each.

India had also termed Canada's allegations as "politically driven".

On 21 September, while replying to questions related to a possible reduction of Canadian diplomats stationed in India, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said: "Yes, we've informed the government of Canada that there should be parity in strength in our mutual diplomatic presence. Their number is very much higher than ours in Canada... I assume there will be a reduction from the Canadian side."

Nijjar was shot dead outside a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on 18 June by masked gunmen.

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Published: 03 Oct 2023, 12:16 PM
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