- Indian officials held consular camps over the weekend in six locations in Canada.
- One of the locations for the camp was the Brampton Triveni Mandir.
- Dhanrajh promised that the temple would not allow such a community event to take place on its property in the future.
Because pro-Khalistani elements threatened to disrupt, Indian officials held consular camps over the weekend in six locations in Canada, with a heavy police presence.
Protesters with Khalistani groups did show up on Saturday in at least one place, but there may have been less disturbance due to the increased presence of law enforcement.
Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), a secessionist organization, has demanded that consular camps in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), which includes Brampton, Mississauga, Vancouver, Prince George, and Saskatoon, be closed.
At these yearly events, over 1200 services were rendered to give life certificates to Indian Government pensioners who are currently living in Canada. One of the locations for the camp was the Brampton Triveni Mandir.
According to spiritual leader Yudhishthir Dhanrajh, everything went without a hitch. To avert any untoward incidents, Peel Regional Police notified the temple that they were on high alert and would be conducting rolling patrols.
Dhanrajh promised that the temple would not allow such a community event to take place on its property in the future. These camps are set up in areas where there is a significant Indo-Canadian population, saving the elderly from having to travel to India’s missions in Ottawa, Toronto, or Vancouver.
Sikhs made up almost 75% of the pensioners who attended the temple service. For their diplomats to fulfill their duties as diplomats, countries must uphold the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, according to Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.
The issue was connected by SFJ’s general counsel Gurpatwant Pannun to the June 18 murder of SFJ’s principal in British Columbia, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a pro-Khalistan figure. SFJ has expanded its operations in Canada following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s September 18 statement in the House of Commons indicating that there were “credible allegations” of a possible connection between Nijjar’s murder and Indian agents.