There was further reason for
India to be greatly annoyed with the Canadians after it emerged on Wednesday that an Intelligence Bureau official who was to have travelled to as part of preparations for the Prime Minister’s forthcoming visit to that country was denied a visa as his organisation had “engaged in violence”. Canada
The IB official, who was due to travel to Toronto, was later given a visa but only after New Delhi lodged a strong protest about the visa denial.
In an understandably angry reaction, the home ministry on Wednesday wrote to the ministry of external affairs asking that
Wednesday’s revelations only added fuel to a fire which was stoked when it became known earlier this week that a retired BSF official too was denied a Canadian visa for having served with the paramilitary force in
It has now emerged that three serving Army brigadiers, a retired IB official and another official working for the Armed Forces Tribunal were also denied Canadian visas for having worked in organisations “engaged in violence”.
In an indication of the home ministry’s anger at the Canadian government’s stand on officers who may have served with the Army or paramilitary units in
The reasons cited by