<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Canada has regretted the inconvenience caused to a retired CRPF officer Tejinder Singh Dhillon, who was stopped by the Canadian immigration despite possessing a valid visa. A statement issued here by its High Commissioner Nadir Patel said Indians were welcome in his country. “From time to time… oversight on visa applications can happen, which is regrettable. In situations were established procedures may not have been followed, a review takes places to avoid any reoccurrence,” the statement said.It said the denial of entry to Dhillon was no reflection on the CRPF, which plays an important role in upholding law and order in India.Dhillon, who returned to India, said he has been travelling to Canada for more than 30 years and had visited several times as a serving officer of the CRPF. He said he had a Canadian visa issued in India that was valid till 2024.External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the issue was taken up with the Canadian government. “We have seen the news report regarding 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,” he said.Curiously, Dhillon was denied entry at Vancouver airport last week. A document handed over to him 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”.
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