The White House said Tuesday it was “deeply concerned” by Canadian allegations that Indian agents may have been involved in the murder of a Sikh leader, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in Canada.
“We are deeply concerned about the allegations referenced by Prime Minister (Justin) Trudeau,” National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said in a statement.
“We remain in regular contact with our Canadian partners. It is critical that Canada’s investigation proceed and the perpetrators be brought to justice.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that “credible allegations” linked Indian agents to the June slaying of Nijjar, who was accused by New Delhi of carrying out terrorist attacks in India — a charge he denied before his death.
But New Delhi insisted it had nothing to do with the killing, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had “completely rejected” the accusation when earlier raised privately by Trudeau.
“Allegations of Government of India’s involvement in any act of violence in Canada are absurd,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.