Canada updates travel advisory to India amid protests, ‘negative sentiments’

Canada has updated its travel advisory for India to include warnings about protests and “negative sentiments” towards Canadians in light of a recent breakdown in Canada-India relations.

Global Affairs Canada is urging travellers to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting the South Asian country.

“In the context of recent developments in Canada and in India, there are calls for protests and some negative sentiment towards Canada on social media,” reads an update to the travel advisory. “Please remain vigilant and exercise caution.”

The update comes after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India last week of being involved in the killing of a Canadian citizen wanted for several years by authorities in that country.

Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar was gunned down in June outside a Sikh temple in suburban Vancouver. Trudeau called for India’s help to investigate before revealing there were “credible allegations” India’s government was involved in the killing. Last Tuesday, Canada expelled an Indian diplomat.

India called the allegations absurd and responded by expelling out a Canadian representative. The Indian government also halted all visa services for Canadian citizens.

– With files from The Canadian Press  

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