Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, said yesterday that “agents of the government of India” carried out the fatal shooting of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh community leader in British Columbia, in June.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Trudeau said that he raised the issue directly with Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, at the G20 summit this month. The allegation, which Trudeau said was based on intelligence gathered by the Canadian government, is likely to further strain relations between the two countries. This month, Canada suspended negotiations on a trade deal with India.
The community leader was shot near a Sikh temple. He had called for the creation of an independent Sikh nation that would include parts of India’s Punjab State, and India had declared him a wanted terrorist