Members of the Indian community holding the tricolor gathered outside the consulate on Saturday (local time) to protect their diplomats and the consulate office, and together thwarted a pro-Khalistan protest in Toronto, Canada.
Indian diasporas were seen waving slogans such as ‘Bharat mata ki jai’, ‘Vande Mataram’, ‘Long live India’ and ‘Khalistan Murdabad’, and carried placards reading ‘Khalistanis are not not Sikhs” and “Canada stop supporting the Khalistani”. Canadian terrorists.
The pro-Khalistani protesters, in the purported video, could be seen disrespecting the tricolor flag.
Sunil Arora, a member of the Indian Diaspora in Canada, said: “We are standing here in front of the consulate to face the Khalistanis. We are trying to put an end to the nonsense of the Khalistani and we are here for the solidarity of India and Canada. They’re giving false information that they’re going to kill our diplomats, which is…and we’re totally against that. »
Another member of the Indian diaspora, Anil Shiringi, said he was there to support the Indian consulate and spoke out against the Khalistani threat, which was directed at Indian diplomats.
Vidya Bhushan Dhar, another member of the Indian community, who took part in the counter-protest outside the consulate, said: “Canada is a peaceful country and we wanted to remain so and we should. Essentially, we are trying to tell the Government of Canada to realize that this is not about free speech. It is certainly not a freedom of expression.
“When you tell someone that you are killing someone or that you are committing a murderous act like the one that happened in Branton last week, you are not fundamentally showing freedom of expression but you are promoting reason and separatism. The Government of Canada therefore asks Canadians like me and Sunil ji to take notice, take appropriate action and cut the hole punches from the site,” he added.
Pro-Khalistani elements had announced rallies outside Indian missions in the UK, US, Canada and Australia on Saturday following the alleged killing of Khalistan Tiger Force leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada last month .
This was followed by posters threatening Indian ambassadors to Canada and the United States, as well as the Consulate General in Toronto.
In recent months, three major anti-Indian incidents involving Khalistan separatists have been reported in Canada.
Sources said India raised concerns on Monday over threats against its diplomats on posters circulating in Canada containing information about a pro-Khalistan rally to be held on July 8. The posters contained threats against the Indian Ambassador to
Canada and the Consulate General in Toronto.
Posters allegedly circulated by Sikh extremists named Indian High Commissioner to Canada Sanjay Kumar Verma and Indian Consulate General in Toronto Apoorva Srivastava accusing them of having played a role in the alleged assassination of the leader of the Khalistan Tiger Force, Nijjar.