The Canadian government has amassed both human and signals intelligence to support its allegations against India in the investigation of a Khalistani terrorist’s death that flared up tensions between the two countries, sources told CBC News.
On Monday, in a speech to the House of Commons, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged India’s involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada in June.
Canadian government sources told CBC News that the intelligence includes communications involving Indian officials themselves, including Indian diplomats present in Canada.
However, the intelligence did not come exclusively from Canada. Some was provided by an unnamed ally in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, which includes the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, in addition to Canada.
In a diplomatic crisis that unfolded progressively behind the scenes, Canadian officials went to India on several occasions seeking co-operation in the investigation of Hardeep Singh Nijjar's death.
Canadian sources said that no Indian official has denied the allegation when pressed behind closed doors and that there is evidence that suggests the Indian government’s involvement in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil.
The Canadian government has not released its evidence yet and has suggested it could emerge during an eventual legal process.
Ties between the two countries have plunged to their lowest point in years since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday there were “credible allegations” of Indian involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada.
A Canadian official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday that the allegations of India’s involvement in the killing of a Sikh Canadian are based on surveillance of Indian diplomats in Canada.
The official did not say which ally provided intelligence, nor gave the specific details of what was contained in the communications or how they were obtained. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Nijjar, a plumber who was born in India and became a Canadian citizen in 2007, had been wanted by India for years before he was gunned down outside the temple he led in the city of Surrey.
Earlier Thursday, India stopped issuing visas to Canadian citizens and told Canada to reduce its diplomatic staff as the rift widened between the once-close allies over Ottawa’s allegations against New Delhi.