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A recent trade forum hosted by the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) in Canada witnessed protests from Khalistan supporters. The event, attended by India’s High Commissioner to Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma, was disrupted by these demonstrations.

The Khalistan supporters reportedly carried banners urging a boycott of Air India, a private company now owned by the Tata Group. This comes amidst ongoing tensions surrounding the 1985 Air India bombing tragedy.

On June 23, 1985, an Air India flight traveling from Canada to India via London tragically exploded off the coast of Ireland. A bomb placed in a suitcase claimed the lives of all 329 people on board. The bombing, linked to Khalistan extremism, remains one of the deadliest incidents involving Canadian citizens.

While the right to protest exists, the targeting of a private company and the dredging up of past tragedies can overshadow efforts towards constructive dialogue. It’s important to address grievances with sensitivity and work towards a peaceful resolution.