Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel on Tuesday spoke about the retired CRPF officer not being allowed entry into Canada and said that the Canadian government regretted any inconvenience that might have been experienced by the officer and his family. Earlier today, the Ministry of External Affairs had released a statement saying that such characterisation of CRPF was completely unacceptable. The MEA had said that it would take up the matter with Canada.
Earlier, it had been reported by the PTI that a retired IG of the CRPF had been denied entry into Canada by airport authorities. The airpost authorities stoped him on the ground that he had been involved in an organisation engaged in “terrorism” and “gross human rights violation”. This had prompted a strong reaction from India. Retired Inspector General of the CRPF, T S Dhillon, with his wife, landed in Canad on May 18 but had been sent on a return flight two days later on May 20. his wife, had however been allowed entry into the country. Speaking to PTI, he said, “I landed with my wife in Canada on May 18 as I had a family event to attend. But the Canadian border agency at the airport did not allow me to enter the country…I told them that I am a retired senior officer of the Indian police, the CRPF. But, they did not heed to my statements and instead talked to me very rudely and in an unpleasant manner. They told me that my force had indulged in human rights violations,”
External Affairs Ministery Spokesperson Gopal Baglay meanwhile had criticised the incident. Addressing the media, he had said, “We have seen the news report regarding the denial of entry by Canadian authorities to a senior retired Indian Police Officer. Such a characterisation of a reputed force like the CRPF is completely unacceptable. We have taken up the matter with the Government of Canada”