(CTN News) – Canadian police and the intelligence service issued a written “Duty To Warn” to another Sikh leader from the same Gurdwara a few days after the assassination of pro-Khalistan leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada’s largest Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia.
In an urgent visit to his home on August 24, 2023, Canadian intelligence and the police issued a “Duty To Warn” letter to Gurmeet Singh Toor, a close associate of Nijjar and a senior member of the management committee of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, warning him that Indian agents roaming Canada on behalf of the Indian state posed a serious threat to his life.
A police expert has deduced that Toor’s life may be in danger, and they have sent a warning letter to his home. We regret that we do not have more information about this threat to share with you at this time.
As of the 18th of June 2023, after Nijjar’s murder at the hands of Indian agents, Toor has begun actively campaigning with Sikh For Justice (SFJ) for Khalistan Referendum voting in BC. Nijjar was the leader of the Khalistan Referendum campaign in Canada and the head of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has publicly blamed the Indian government for Nijjar’s death, saying that Indian agents working out of India’s consulates in Vancouver and Toronto were responsible for the killing.
Gurmeet Singh Toor, a Canadian citizen, issued a statement saying, “I continue campaign for the Khalistan Referendum and particularly for September 10, 2023 voting event in Surrey” after Shaheed Nijjar was murdered by gunmen hired by Indian agencies.
He said, “On August 25, 2023, around 11:20 pm, while I was asleep at my home, two Canadian officials knocked at my door, belonging to Surrey Police and the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET), respectively, and served the attached “Duty To Warn” notice.
The police told me that the fact that they were willing to come to my house at this time of night was a sign that the situation (threat) was dire. The police officers told me to “stay alert and watch my surroundings.”
In a communique sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on September 27th, SFJ called for the immediate expulsion of India’s High Commissioner in Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma, citing growing evidence that “agents of the Indian government” were involved in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18th, 2023; the continued threat to the Khalistan Referendum campaigners in Canada.
The leaders of the Conservative Party, Bloc Quebecois, New Democratic Party, and the Green Party are all copied on SFJ’s letter highlighting the threat to Toor and the Khalistan Referendum in Canada.
The letter urges them “to raise above the partisanship on this national issue which pertains to the core of existence shared by all Canadians — protecting of our country’s sovereignty from any foreign aggression and securing the life and liberty of all Canadians against any foreign invasion and tyr
The SFJ wrote to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying, “Mr. Prime Minister, the record in your office should reflect that in May 2016, when Shaheed Nijjar was falsely accused by India of running a “terror camp” in Mission, BC, Nijjar wrote you a letter in which he unequivocally stated that ‘Mr. Prime Minister, I want to bring it to your attention that the Indian government’s campaign to label me a terrorist started when I actively participated in I am a Sikh nationalist who backs a future referendum to establish Sikh independence from Indian-controlled Punjab.
After Nijjar’s death, we publicly voiced our concern that the Indian government had been complicit in and was ultimately accountable for his murder.
The Sikh community had suspected the Indian government of being behind the murder of Shaheed Nijjar for some time, but it wasn’t until September 18, 2023, that Prime Minister Trudeau openly stated this suspicion on the House floor.
To quote directly from the SFJ letter: “We agree with the Prime Minister’s declaration in the House of Commons that “any involvement of a foreign government in the death of a Canadian citizen on Canadian territory is an intolerable infringement of our sovereignty.” It goes against the very fabric of how free, open, and democratic societies function.
The Canadian government must respond swiftly and firmly to such an outrageous attack on Canadian sovereignty. Sanjay Kumar Verma, India’s high commissioner to Canada, must be expelled if Canada is serious about sending a message of strong disapproval of India’s attack on Canadian life and liberty and flagrant breach of Canadian sovereignty.
The killing of Nijjar was clearly an act of state terrorism on India’s part, and High Commissioner Verma, as the head of India’s mission in Canada, must be held responsible for it.
India’s assassination of a Canadian citizen in Canada is a brazen and despicable assault on Canadian sovereignty and the rights of all Canadian citizens. Canada’s response to this infraction, which consisted of expelling a low-level diplomatic agent, was insufficient. Canada would send the wrong message to the rest of the globe if it did nothing further.
We strongly recommend that the only proper response from your government is to dismiss High Commissioner Verma in accordance with diplomatic and consular protocol.
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun reminded the Prime Minister in a letter that Mr. Verma has a history of Sikh hatred and that, since arriving in Canada more than a year ago, he has been lying about Sikhs and spreading hate-filled remarks against them.
The letter from SFJ concludes, “We are calling on the Canadian government to decisively and unequivocally assert its sovereignty and protect the safety and security of all citizens.”
It must make it crystal clear that a foreign government’s involvement in the premeditated killing of a Canadian national on Canadian soil is intolerable. Only by swiftly removing High Commissioner Verma can we send that message.