Two men suspected to have shot dead Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada’s British Columbia in June 2023 are expected to be caught soon by Canadian police, The Globe and Mail reported, citing sources. The report stated that three sources as saying that the suspected killers did not leave Canada after Nijjar was shot dead in Surrey, and have been under police surveillance for months.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that his statement linking Indian agents to the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, Canada earlier this year was meant to deter New Delhi from repeating a similar action in the country.
In response to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations of New Delhi’s involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar has requested evidence to support the claims. During a conversation with former Financial Times Editor Lionel Barber at Wilton Park on Wednesday, Jaishankar emphasised the importance of credible evidence. When asked if there was any evidence of the Indian government’s involvement in the killing, the EAM said, “None.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday reiterated his allegation of Indian involvement in the killing of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey in June this year. Trudeau accused New Delhi of violating the Vienna Convention by “kicking out” 40 diplomats at a time when his country had reached out to the former and other global partners to get to the bottom of the murder.
The US has said it is in close coordination with Canada on allegations regarding the Indian government’s involvement in the fatal shooting of designated Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. “We remain in close coordination with our Canadian colleagues on this question,” US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said while responding to a question related to Nijjar’s killing in Canada.
Dismissing a media report which claimed that there was a delay in initial response to the fatal shooting of hard-line Khalistan leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said its officers reached the scene within four minutes of the incident.
At least six men and two vehicles were involved in the killing of Canada-based pro-Khalistan hardliner Hardeep Singh Nijjar outside a gurdwara in British Columbia in June 2023, according to a video reviewed by The Washington Post and witness accounts, suggesting a larger and more organized operation than previously reported.
The US on Monday reiterated that it is deeply concerned by the allegations made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding India’s involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar and called for a continued investigation into the matter. While addressing a press briefing, Department of State spokesperson Matthew Miller said, We believe it’s critical that Canada’s investigation proceed and that the perpetrators be brought to justice. And we have publicly and privately urged the Indian Government to cooperate in the Canadian investigation.”
After Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot dead outside a Gurdwara in Canada’s British Columbia, US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents visited several Sikh leaders and warned them that their lives were also at risk, as per a report in The Intercept. Pritpal Singh, a political activist who is a coordinator for the American Sikh Caucus Committee, told The Intercept that he and two other Sikh Americans in California received calls and visits from the FBI after Nijjar was killed.
The US was the Five Eyes member country that provided some kind of corroborating intelligence that Canada used to firm up its assessment that Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen and Khalistan activist, was killed in a plot by the Indian government, according to a report in The New York Times. The report, which is based on accounts from two allied officials, says the US, which is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing compact with Canada, the UK, New Zealand and Australia, had no advance knowledge of the plot but provided Canada the “context”.
The leak to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News that Ottawa has human and signals intelligence implicating India in the killing of the Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar is clearly meant to be a less than subtle warning to New Delhi not to escalate bilateral tensions.
Intelligence provided by an ally from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance and communication intercepts between Indian officials that led Ottawa to hold New Delhi responsible for Khalistan leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing, the CBC News reported. Citing government sources, the news outlet said Canada amassed intelligence involving communications between Indian officials, diplomats and information “provided by an unnamed ally in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance”, during a month-long probe on Nijjar’s killing.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau is yet to provide any evidence to back his allegations on India’s involvement in the death of Khalistani operative Hardeep Nijjar. However, Canada based news platform CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) reported on Thursday that Canada has amassed human and signal intelligence in the probe.
Calling for a ‘shutdown’ of Indian consular offices in Canada, a pro-Khalistani outfit has said it will hold peaceful protests beginning next week after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused New Delhi of involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
The second phase of referendum to weigh support for Khalistan, to be held in Canada next month, will now be asking voters whether the Indian high commissioner was responsible for the death of a radical Sikh leader in June, according to its organizers, media reports said.
The house of a Sikh separatist, associated with pro-Khalistan leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun who is a designated terrorist in India, has been hit by gunfire in Canada’s Ontario province, a media report said. The incident comes just days after multiple shots were fired at the Surrey home of Simranjeet Singh — a “friend” of banned Khalistan Tiger Force leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a designated terrorist in India, who was shot dead outside a Sikh temple in British Columbia last year.
On January 28, the Civic Center Plaza across the City Hall in San Francisco turned into a little Punjab, where thousands of Khalistan supporting Sikhs converged with their families to vote for a “referendum” demanding a new country to be carved out of India. The vote seeks to gather Sikhs’ opinions on whether Punjab should break away from India to form an independent nation called Khalistan.
Canada’s federal commission of inquiry into foreign interference is looking to examine alleged meddling by India in the country’s last two general elections, Canada-based CTV News reported. The commission, in a statement on Wednesday, said it has asked the federal government to produce documentation related to these allegations.
US-based Indian designated Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the founder of the banned Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), has issued fresh threats ahead of India’s Republic Day. Several pictures on social media show pro-Khalistani graffiti in New Delhi. The graffiti contained threats ahead of the Republic Day parade on January 26 with claims that SFJ aims to “avenge” the death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Canadian police said it is investigating an incident in which shots were fired at the residence of a Hindu temple’s head’s son in British Columbia in the early hours of Wednesday. Police said no one was injured during the incident at the 14900 block of 80 Avenue in Surrey — the residence of the son of Satish Kumar, president of Lakshmi Narayan Mandir.