May 27th, 2024

B.C. police to make ‘significant’ announcement on Sikh leader’s killing

By The Canadian Press on May 3, 2024.

Homicide police in British Columbia say they will be providing a "significant update" on the killing of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, amid reports that arrests have been made in the case. A portrait of Nijjar is seen as protesters gather outside the Consulate of India in response to his shooting death, in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, June 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ethan Cairns

SURREY, B.C. – Homicide police in British Columbia say they will be providing a “significant update” on the killing of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, amid reports that arrests have been made in the case.

Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc says he has been informed about the update by the RCMP in the case that triggered allegations by Ottawa of Indian government involvement in the killing last year.

He says the case “likely and very clearly will end up before criminal courts.”

The CBC has reported that alleged members of a hit squad were arrested and that investigators are looking into possible links with three other killings.

Nijjar, who had campaigned for a separate Sikh homeland in India, was gunned down in his vehicle outside his gurdwara in Surrey, B.C., last June.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in the House of Commons in September that there was credible intelligence linking the killing to the Indian government, touching off a diplomatic row that resulted in India suspending the issuing of visas to Canadians for two months.

India has repeatedly denied involvement in Nijjar’s death.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2024.

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