NEW DELHI: A retired CRPF officer was denied entry into Canada and forced to return from the Vancouver airport by security authorities of that country stating he worked for an organisation that indulged in "human rights violations." T S Dhillon landed in Canada with his wife on May 18 and was put on the return flight to India on May 20.
His wife was, however, allowed to proceed to her destination in Canada. "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," Dhillon told PTI.
He retired from the Central Reserve Police Force as an Inspector General (IG) in 2010. The officer has been a national level shooter and was instrumental in setting up infrastructure for the shooting discipline during the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in the national capital. Dhillon said he had a valid visa for Canada till 2024 but despite that he was not allowed to enter the country. "I was finally put on a plane back to India on May 20. I feel bad that the Canadian authorities, at the lower levels, are trying to antagonise a uniformed force of India and the men and women who have given their blood and sweat for the security of the country. "The authorities should apologise," he said.
The officer said while his wife was allowed to enter Canada, he had to leave with a heavy heart, from a country he has visited many times in the last 30 years.