New Delhi. Khalistani terrorists: The Indian government has denied reports that it instructed consulates in North America to begin a “crackdown scheme” against terrorists from Khalistani who operate in Western countries. The memo in question is said to be “fake and completely fabricated,” according to Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, who made the statement on Sunday.
In response to rumors that there was a “secret memo,” Arindam Bagchi said, “We firmly assert that such reports are fake and completely fabricated.” Such a memo does not exist.
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Supported by Pakistani intelligence
The report, according to Bagchi, is a component of a “sustained disinformation campaign against India.” According to him, the media outlet has a reputation for spreading false stories that are supported by Pakistani intelligence.
“This is part of a sustained disinformation campaign against India,” Bagchi stated in the statement. The aforementioned outlet is notorious for disseminating false narratives that are pushed by Pakistani intelligence. The authors’ posts attest to this connection.” “Those who amplify such fake news only do so at the cost of their own credibility,” he stated.
sophisticated crackdown scheme
According to US news source The Intercept, the Ministry of External Affairs released a classified memo in April 2023. According to the news report, the Indian government gave its consulates in North America instructions to initiate a “sophisticated crackdown scheme” against Sikh diaspora organizations in Western countries.
According to The Intercept, the memo contained information on a number of Sikh dissidents who are being looked into by Indian intelligence services, including terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Khalistani. The memo stated, “Concrete measures shall be adopted to hold the suspects accountable,” according to the report.
India’s Research and Analysis Wing
According to the report, the MEA memo did not give the order to kill Khalistani separatists. On the other hand, it directed Indian consular representatives present in the United States and Canada to collaborate with the Intelligence Bureau, the National Investigation Agency, and India’s Research and Analysis Wing.
In June of this year, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a terrorist from Khalistani, was shot and killed outside a Gurdwara in Surrey, Canada. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had declared a cash reward for Nijjar, who was wanted in India. Originating in the village of Bharsinghpur in Jalandhar, Punjab, Nijjar was living in Surrey and had been listed as an “absconder” by the NIA.
Earlier in September, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed that the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil is allegedly connected to India
The accusations were dismissed by India, which described them as “absurd and motivated.” The Ministry of External Affairs claims that Canada has not been able to provide any proof to support its allegations regarding the killing.