Khalistani Militant Hardeep Singh Nijjar Sparks India-Canada Diplomatic Clash
In a parliamentary address, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asserted the existence of credible claims connecting Indian operatives to the June assassination of Khalistani militant Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia. As a response, Canada expelled an Indian diplomat in Ottawa on Monday, alleging Indian involvement in the killing.
My statement on allegations surrounding the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar. pic.twitter.com/auIyj194A8
— Mélanie Joly (@melaniejoly) September 19, 2023
Here are the some points on Hardeep Singh Nijjar:
On June 18, 2023, Hardeep Singh Nijjar met a tragic end when he was fatally shot multiple times outside a Gurudwara in Surrey, Canada. Nijjar, originally hailing from Bhar Singh Pura in Jalandhar, India, had immigrated to Canada in 1997 and worked as a plumber. He was a married man with two sons.
Notably, Nijjar had a longstanding involvement in Khalistan militancy since his relocation to Canada. He was identified as the “mastermind” behind the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), a banned terrorist organization, and was associated with the outlawed separatist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). India had designated him as a terrorist in 2020.
Nijjar was a fugitive wanted for various criminal cases, including the 2007 explosion in Ludhiana, Punjab, which resulted in six fatalities and numerous injuries. He was also implicated in the assassination of Rulda Singh, President of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, in Patiala in 2009.
Furthermore, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) issued a ₹10 lakh cash reward for information on Nijjar’s involvement in the murder of a Hindu priest in Jalandhar, Punjab, last July. The NIA was also probing recent attacks on Indian diplomatic missions in Canada, the UK, and the US.
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