Canada alleges New Delhi link to Sikh separatist’s murder
India calls accusation ‘absurd, motivated’
Both countries expel a diplomat in tit-for-tat moves
India wary of Sikh separatist revival with diaspora help
US and Australia express concern over Canada’s allegation
NEW DELHI, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said authorities were “actively pursuing credible allegations” linking New Delhi’s agents to the murder of a Sikh separatist leader, an assertion India quickly dismissed as “absurd”.
The spat deals a fresh blow to diplomatic ties that have been fraying for years, with New Delhi unhappy over Sikh separatist activity in Canada. It now threatens trade ties too, with talks on a proposed trade deal frozen last week.