Canada ignored India’s plea that the second “Khalistan Referendum” be held in Mississauga on Sunday was not allowed. The referendum was “necessitated because a large number of voters were turned away due to long queues during the original Brampton vote in October,” according to the organisers.

While the event was peaceful, police permission for the referendum indicates that Ottawa ignored New Delhi’s escalation of its campaign against separatists based abroad. A few days before the event, India requested that Canada declare as terrorists individuals and entities who had been similarly designated by Indian authorities. India had previously warned that similar separatist activities could lead to bloodshed.

The MEA had stated that it was “deeply objectionable that politically motivated exercises by extremist elements are taking place.”