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Khalistani terrorist came to India on valid visa, not first visit, admits MEA

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Published Mar 9, 2018, 7:48 pm IST
Updated Mar 9, 2018, 7:55 pm IST
Atwal, meanwhile, has apologised for the 'embarrassment' he caused to Trudeau and India.
Atwal, who was part of the Khalistan movement, was convicted for the attempted murder of Punjab minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in 1986 in Canada. (Photo: ANI)
 Atwal, who was part of the Khalistan movement, was convicted for the attempted murder of Punjab minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in 1986 in Canada. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi: Convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal had travelled to India on a valid visa, the external affairs ministry said on Friday. 

Though Atwal's presence at an event for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his India visit created a furore, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the government has a conscious policy of reaching out to the Indian Diaspora, including misguided elements, who in the past may have harboured anti-India sentiments which they have since renounced. 

 

"Jaspal Atwal has travelled to India on a valid visa. This was not his first visit to India. He has visited the country on earlier occasions since January 2017," Kumar said. 

There are well established procedures for grant of visa to foreign travellers which have been followed in this case as well, he added. 

While Atwal attended an event in Mumbai where Trudeau and his wife were also present, invitation to him for a dinner at the Canadian High Commission here was withdrawn after strong reactions in New Delhi. 

 

Also Read: Khalistani terrorist ‘guest’ at Justin Trudeau’s Mumbai event, sparks row

Atwal, who was part of the Khalistan movement, was convicted for the attempted murder of Punjab minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in 1986 in Canada. 

Atwal, meanwhile, has apologised for the "embarrassment" he caused to Trudeau and India by attending the event during in Mumbai and asserted that he no longer supported the Sikh independence movement. 

Also Read: Don’t advocate separate Sikh nation: Atwal sorry for embarrassing Canada, India

 

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