Unruly elements affiliated with the Khalistani separatist-terrorist movement staged a so-called protest outside the Kalibari temple in Canada’s Mississauga also known as Toronto Kalibari. An unruly mob consisting of a dozen or so Khalistani supporters held Khalistani flags and raised slogans against the Indian government.
The so-called ‘protesters’ also demanded justice for Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the separatist-terrorist who was shot dead in Canada’s Surrey in June. The death of Nijjar has led to war of words between Canada and India, with the former accusing New Delhi of playing a role in the death of Nijjar, who is also a Canadian citizen.
People from the intelligence community familiar with the developments said that these “goons” have now become “frequent visitors to Hindu temples”. They said that these issues will be raised with higher authorities and local government as well but pointed out that local administration despite being aware of this has not interfered. They said that followers of the Khalistani movement “intimidate Hindus” and “often remain outside temples for long periods of time”.
It should be noted that this is the second time Khalistani elements have attacked worshippers and Ontario Kalibari temple authorities.
Earlier in April, the Kalibari authorities raised concerns about a theft attempt at the temple but suspected the original motive was to demoralise the Hindu community living there and also to spook frequent visitors.
“Toronto Kali Bari, a Hindu Temple, in the City of Mississauga was established over 35 years ago and is maintained as a safe, common place of worship to protect and showcase the rich traditions of Hindu culture. Our goal is to provide a comfortable place where peaceful ideals and celebrations are aimed to further the well-being, prosperity and overall development of our community,” the Toronto Kalibari’s website reads. The three-decades old temple is located at 6815 Professional Court, Mississauga, ON L4V1Y3.
India on several occasions raised concerns with Canada over rising Hinduphobia and attacks on temples but the Canadian government has failed to address those concerns, leading to deterioration of ties between New Delhi and Ottawa.