New Delhi: Apna Punjab Media : India on Thursday signalled its determination to reduce Canada’s diplomatic presence in the country amid tensions over Canadian allegations of an Indian link to the killing of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, saying discussions are underway to achieve the downsizing. Ealier this week, the Indian side asked Canada to withdraw several dozen diplomats, marking a further escalation in the row. Reports have said Canada was asked to withdraw 41 diplomats by October 10, failing which their diplomatic immunity will be withdrawn. New Delhi has described Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s allegation about the involvement of Indian government agents in Nijjar’s killing as “absurd” and said it is willing to consider any information provided by Ottawa on the incident. Soon after Trudeau’s accusation, both countries carried out tit-for-tat expulsions of senior diplomats, while India suspended all visa services for Canadian nationals and asked Canada to downsize its diplomatic presence in the country. “As we have mentioned earlier, given the much higher diplomatic presence of Canadian diplomats…and their continuing interference in our internal matters, we have sought parity in our respective diplomatic presence. Discussions are ongoing on the modalities of achieving this,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told a regular media briefing.