India Voices Concerns Over Extortion Calls to Indian Community in Canada

In a weekly media briefing, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Randhir Jaiswal, expressed serious concern over reports of members of the Indian community receiving extortion calls from gangsters in Canada. Jaiswal emphasized that such incidents, particularly targeting Indian nationals, are a matter of grave concern. He disclosed that this issue, among others, will be discussed in upcoming talks between India and Canada.

Jaiswal highlighted a recent incident involving an attack on a temple, where Canadian police later clarified that the intruder was of unsound mind. The spokesperson acknowledged various ongoing matters between the two nations, indicating a broader agenda for discussion.

Responding to questions about Indian-Canadians receiving extortion and threat calls in the last two months, Jaiswal revealed that the Canadian police have initiated a task force to investigate these incidents. Currently, nine such cases are under examination.

Tensions between India and Canada have escalated in recent months, notably after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations regarding India’s involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil. India dismissed these claims as “absurd” and accused Canada of providing space to extremists, terrorists, and anti-India elements. The upcoming discussions aim to address and resolve these contentious issues for both nations.