New Delhi, October 20: Hours after Canada withdrew 41 diplomats and closed most of its embassies and consulates in India amid escalating tensions over the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, it has issued an updated travel advisory for its citizens in India, urging them to "exercise a high degree of caution.” The advisory asks Canadians to maintain a low profile with strangers and avoid sharing personal information.
The advisory issued by Canada states “Exercise a high degree of caution in India due to the threat of terrorist attacks throughout the country.” Canada Removes 41 Diplomats from India Amid Escalating Diplomatic Tensions Over Hardeep Singh Nijjar Killing.
“Demonstrations, including anti-Canada protests, could occur and Canadians may be subjected to intimidation or harassment. In Delhi and the National Capital Region, you should keep a low profile with strangers, and not share your personal information with them,” the advisory added. 'Will Continue To Engage Responsibly and Constructively': Canada Is Not Looking To Escalate Situation With India, Says Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
The advisory also said that the Consulates General of Canada in Chandigarh, Bengaluru and Mumbai were temporarily suspending in-person operations. It added that the High Commission in New Delhi is available to assist all Canadians in India. It also asked citizens to avoid non-essential travel in Assam and Manipur due to risk of insurgency.
The advisory warns Canadians that "petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, is common" and that criminals may target foreigners, particularly in major cities and tourist areas.
It further urged Canadian citizens to be vigilant in crowded locations and advised not to carry large sums of money.
The development comes as diplomatic relations between India and Canada have been strained, with tensions escalating since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau publicly linked Indian intelligence to the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
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