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A Retired CRPF Officer Was Denied Entry Into Canada Because Of Alleged Human Rights Violation

India plans to raise this matter with the Trudeau government.

23/05/2017 2:55 PM IST | Updated 23/05/2017 2:57 PM IST
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India's Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel take part in the passing out parade in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar.

Uh oh. It seems India and Canada's relations just took another hit.

According to a Hindustan Times report, a retired senior CRPF officer was denied entry at Vancouver airport last week.

Why? Well, the first document that was given to the officer explaining why he was denied entry said that it was because the Indian government engaged in "terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide, a war crime or a crime against humanity".

Tejinder Singh Dhillon, the officer who was denied entry into Canada was the inspector general of police from CRPF. He retired in 2010.

However, the authorities later removed the statement against the Indian government. In a second report that was given to Dhillon, they said he couldn't be granted entry because he had served with the CRPF. The document said that the CRPF had "committed widespread and systemic human rights abuses."

A senior Indian official told HT that they will raise this matter with the Justin Trudeau government in Ottawa.

Recently, controversy erupted between India and Canada after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh refused to meet Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, calling him a 'Khalistani sympathiser'.

This comes at a time after it was announced that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to visit India either late this year or early next year. In April 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Canada, making him the first Indian prime minister to visit Canada in 42 years.

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