Last Updated: September 21, 2023, 08:18 IST
Amid tension between India and Canada, a new detail about Justin Trudeau’s G20 stay in New Delhi has come to light. The Canadian PM reportedly sent jitters through India’s intelligence machinery after his security personnel refused to let their “protectee” stay in the presidential suite.
According to a report in The Times of India, the suite had been specially furbished by the Indian security establishment as per security protocols laid down for heads of state for the G20 summit that concluded recently.
The report quoted sources in the security establishment as saying that the hotel, The Lalit in central Delhi, where Trudeau was staying had installed an advanced security shield comprising bulletproof glass with a thick layer of polycarbonate plastic which can even stop sniper bullets. Other security equipment were installed as well as part of a foolproof arrangement.
Trudeau’s delegation, however, decided not to stay in the suite. The report stated that the Canadian PM’s team instead opted for normal rooms, sending Indian security officials into a tizzy.
Multiple rounds of negotiations followed in the next few hours during which Indian sleuths insisted that the protocols be followed to help ensure security, the report stated, adding that they backed off after Trudeau’s delegation did not budge.
After all the negotiations, India allowed Trudeau to stay in a normal room as the “final call in such matters rests with the visitor dignitary and his embassy”.
The details came to light on a day when Trudeau claimed that there is a ‘potential link’ between Indian government agents and the murder of pro-Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June.
Trudeau’s allegation, while announcing a portion of information of the ongoing investigation into the killing of Nijjar, escalated the already sour relations between New Delhi and Ottawa over the matter related to the latter’s alleged support to the pro-Khalistan movement.
Moments after Trudeau’s claim, Canada’s foreign ministry expelled a senior Indian diplomat from the country. As a retaliatory action, India also booted out a top Canadian official soon after, with a condition to leave the country within five days. New Delhi has also dismissed Canada’s claim in killing of Nijjar, calling it ‘absurd and motivated’.
Meanwhile, the TOI report on Delhi hotel drama concluded by stated that the Canadians reportedly offered to pay for the presidential suite as well despite staying in regular rooms.
The publication stated that their sources speculated that Trudeau could have been just following the instructions of his security team which may have had their own apprehensions in the wake of the tense relationship between the two countries.