Week after denied entry, retired CRPF officer given free ticket by Canadian high commission
Dhillon, who retired as a CRPF inspector general of police in 2010, was declared inadmissible under a sub section of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act last week.Updated: May 24, 2017 18:57 IST
A week after he was turned back from the Vancouver airport, Ludhiana-based retired CRPF inspector general (IG) Tejinder Singh Dhillon was on Wednesday called by the Canadian High Commission in Delhi and was warmly received by the deputy high commissioner of the Canadian government Jess Dutton.
After the meeting that lasted for over 40 minutes with the embassy officials, Dhillon was given a flight ticket to Canada for tonight itself at the high commission’s expense. His return flight has also been booked for May 29.
Seemingly satisfied with the meeting, Dhillon said the officials assured him that they will restore his honour and dignity and were very apologetic of all that had happened. He also said that the officials treated him very respectfully and promised to restore his honour.
“I was very warmly received and greeted by the deputy high commissioner Jess Dutton of government of Canada and Oscar Jacob, counsellor immigration . They restored my visa and booked my ticket to Canada for tonight,” said Dhillon.
“They reiterated that the Canadian government wants to wilfully develope good relations with India and said they will rectify the system,” he said.
“It is a good gesture that they have shown and have assured that this will not happen in future. I told them that what happened with me should not happen with anyone else and that was the main purpose of my meeting,” he said.
“I am very happy that finally I will be able to attend my niece’s wedding on the May 26,” he said.
Dhillon, who retired as a CRPF inspector general of police in 2010, was declared inadmissible under a sub section of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act last week.
Immigration authorities had denied him entry to Canada last week on the grounds that he served a government that engages in “terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide.”
First Published: May 24, 2017 11:59 IST