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“Security threats” have been blamed as the reason why India has suspended visa services for Canadian citizens.

This comes after Canada accused the Indian government of being behind the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh Canadian citizen who was shot dead by masked men in June on Canadian soil.

CNN reports that according to local police, he was gunned down in his truck in June by two masked killers outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, British Columbia. Canadian police have not arrested anyone in connection with Nijjar’s murder.

Nijjar was part of the Sikh community in Canada, home to more than 770,000 members of the religious minority.

A company handling visa applications for India in Canada, has said that visa services “have been suspended till further notice”. This was announced in a letter sent to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India and the Metropolitan Stock Exchange.

“Due to operation reasons, with immediate effect i.e. 21 September 2023, Indian visa services in Canada have been suspended till further notice.”

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