‘Khalistan Group Wants Trouble’: Indian-Origin MP Condemns Threat to Hindu Temple in Canada

Last Updated: November 21, 2023, 08:43 IST

India-origin lawmaker Chandra Arya’s warning comes in the wake of recent threats against the Hindu community from pro-Khalistan Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) Gurpatwant Singh. (File Photo)

India-origin lawmaker’s raised the concerns in the wake of recent threats against the Hindu community from pro-Khalistan elements in Canada

Canadian MP Chandra Arya has raised concerns about the constant threat posed by pro-Khalistani elements in the country and again asked the authorities to “step in and take action.” In a post on the social media platform X, Arya flagged growing incidents of vandalism of Hindu temples by Sikh extremists and said the group now wants to create trouble at a temple in Surrey.

“Last week Khalistan supporters verbally abused a Sikh family outside a Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey BC according to some reports. Now it appears the same Khalistan group want to create trouble at the Hindu Laxmi Narayan Mandir in Surrey. All these are being done in the name of freedom of speech and expression,” the Indian-origin MP wrote on X.

‘Like a broken record’

“Like a broken record, I am again asking Canadian authorities to step in and take action. Hindu temples have been attacked many times during the last couple of years. Hate crimes are being committed against Hindu-Canadians. Allowing these things to continue to be done openly and publicly is not acceptable,” he added.

The fresh threats come as India has expressed serious concerns regarding the surge in pro-Khalistani activities and attacks on Hindu temples in Canada. In August, extremists vandalised a Hindu temple with Khalistan referendum posters. In April, the BAPS Swaminarayan temple in Ontario, Canada, was also vandalised with anti-India graffiti.

Last week, members of the banned Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) disturbed an Indian High Commission event organised by the Vancouver Consulate General in Abbotsford. Khalistani goons targeted a local Sikh family, which had come to the Gurudwara Sahib to obtain a life certificate for their aged father, said sources.

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