Fourth Indian national arrested in Canada in Khalistani separatist Nijjar murder case

Washington/Ottawa. Canadian authorities have arrested another Indian citizen in the murder case of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. With this, the number of Indian citizens arrested so far in this case, which has become a cause of tension in India’s relations with Canada, has increased to four. Amandeep Singh (22), a resident of Surrey, Canada, has been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Nijjar (45) was murdered outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia on June 18, 2023. The Canadian police’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said Singh was arrested on May 11 for his role in Nijjar’s murder.

He was in the custody of Peel Regional Police in connection with another case, an official release said. “This arrest reflects the nature of our ongoing investigation to hold accountable those who played a role in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar,” said IHIT officer-in-charge Mandeep Mooker. “Collected and obtained sufficient information to support charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder against Amandeep Singh.” Investigators said no further arrest details could be released in this case due to the ongoing investigation and court processes.

Quoting a source with knowledge of the case, ‘Global News’ said that it is believed that Amandeep Singh was one of the two armed men who shot at Nijjar. After this the attackers were seen fleeing in a car. Like his co-accused, Singh arrived in Canada on a temporary visa and was allegedly involved in violent crime, the source said. He said that all four attackers are suspected to have links with the Bishnoi gang. Singh is one of five people charged with firearms and drug offenses in Brampton on November 3, 2023, by the Peel Police Specialized Enforcement Bureau. IHIT investigators had arrested three Indian nationals – Karan Brar (22), Kamalpreet Singh (22) and Karanpreet Singh (28) – on May 3 in this case. All three accused are residents of Edmonton and are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Relations between India and Canada have been strained since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged the “possible” involvement of Indian agents in Nijjar’s murder in September last year. India has rejected Trudeau’s allegations as “absurd and motivated”. India has long objected to the presence of Sikh separatist groups in Canada. He had declared Nijjar a “terrorist”. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has said that by giving political support to Khalistani separatist elements, the Canadian government is sending the message that its vote bank is more powerful than the rule of law. Jaishankar had said in an exclusive interview to ‘PTI’ on Thursday that India respects and adheres to freedom of expression, but it does not mean threatening foreign diplomats, supporting separatism or giving political patronage to elements advocating violence. There is no freedom.

Referring to Khalistan supporters among the Sikh immigrants from Punjab, the foreign minister also expressed surprise at how people with dubious backgrounds are being allowed to enter and stay in Canada. He had said, in any rule-based society you will check people’s background, how they came, what passport they had, etc. The External Affairs Minister had said, if you have people who are present there on the basis of dubious documents, what does it say about you? It actually says that your vote bank is more powerful than your rule of law.

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