(Reuters) By October 10th, India has instructed Canada to return 41 diplomats, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.
Relationships between India and Canada have taken a significant hit as a result of Canadian suspicions that Indian government operatives were involved in the death of Canadian citizen and leader of the Sikh separatist movement, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in June in Canada. India had designated Nijjar as a “terrorist” in India.
The accusation has been rejected by India as ludicrous.
According to the Financial Times, which cited sources familiar with India’s demand, India threatened to strip the diplomatic immunity of any diplomats who refused to leave after October 10.
According to the newspaper, Canada has 62 diplomats in India, and India has requested that the total be reduced by 41.
Requests for response from the Indian and Canadian foreign ministries were not immediately returned.
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India’s Foreign Minister, previously stated that there is a “climate of violence” and a “atmosphere of intimidation” against Indian diplomats in Canada, where the existence of Sikh separatist organizations has angered New Delhi.