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India takes up with Canada denial of entry to ex-CRPF officer

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

India on Tuesday termed "completely unacceptable" the denial of entry by Canadian authorities to a retired senior CRPF officer at Vancouver airport last week on the ground that he had served a government that engages in “terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide”.

"We have seen the news report regarding the denial of entry by the 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,’’ MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said in response to a question.

According to reports, Tejinder Singh Dhillon, who retired with the rank of Inspector General of Police from the CRPF in 2010, was declared inadmissible under a subsection of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

 A document given to Dhillon at the airport stated he was a “prescribed senior official in the service of a government that, in the opinion of the minister, engages or has engaged in terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide, a war crime or a crime against humanity”.