Entry denial to retired police officer: India takes up matter with Canada

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After a second round of interrogations on the May 19, which lasted over five hours, Mr Dhillon was told to return to India on the 20 May and his visa cancelled. Speaking to PTI, he said, "I landed with my wife in Canada on May 18 as I had a family event to attend".

Why? Well, the first document that was given to the officer explaining why he was denied entry said that it was because the Indian government engaged in "terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide, a war crime or a crime against humanity".

The highly-distinguished former Inspector General of Police, who retired from the CRPF in 2010, said he and his wife were initially cleared by immigration officials when they landed on 18 May but were stopped just before he were to exit the Vancouver airport.

Dhillon, who was the inspector general of police from CRPF, retired in 2010. But, they did not heed to my statements and instead talked to me very rudely and in an unpleasant manner. "We have taken up the matter with the Government of Canada", Baglay said.

India had protested this characterisation of the CRPF, India's lead counter-insurgency force deployed in the country's trouble-spots ranging from Jammu and Kashmir to the naxal-affected districts in central India to insurgency-infested parts of the Northeast.

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Recently, controversy erupted between India and Canada after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh refused to meet Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, calling him a 'Khalistani sympathiser'. I feel bad that the Canadian authorities, at the lower levels, are trying to antagonise a uniformed force of India and the men and women who have given their blood and sweat for the security of the country. During his 39-year career at the CRPF, the Canadian department has said, Dhillon "occupied numerous positions of authority".

Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel on Tuesday spoke about the retired CRPF officer not being allowed entry into Canada and said that the Canadian government regretted any inconvenience that might have been experienced by the officer and his family.

Ties between India and Canada are witnessing a strain in the recent past.

Earlier this day, the Ministry of External Affairs strongly reacted to the report of denial of entry to the CRPF officer by the Canadian authorities, stating that it had taken up the matter with Canada Government.

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