Canadian police arrest three men from India for murder of Sikh separatist – JURIST

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on Friday announced the arrest of three Indian men suspected of killing prominent Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. The arrested persons have been identified as Karanpreet Singh, 28, Kamalpreet Singh, 22, and Karan Brar, 22, all of whom lived in Edmonton, Alberta at the time of the arrest. The suspects are believed to have entered Canada to target Nijjar led by the Government of India.

Nijjar was shot and killed outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, British Columbia on June 18, 2023. Indian authorities previously accused Nijjar of leading a terrorist group called ‘Khalistan Tiger Force’, which they said was responsible for a bombing at a cinema in Punjab in 2007. In 2016, Indian intelligence agencies also accused Nijjar of running a terror camp in British Columbia to carry out attacks in Punjab. However, Nijjar refuted the allegations before he was killed, and his death has increased tensions between the governments of Canada and India.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau previously accused the Indian government of involvement in the murder of the Sikh community leader and called for the Indian government’s cooperation in the ongoing investigation into Nijjar’s murder. For their part, India blocked access on YouTube and

According to Chief Inspector Mandeep Mooker, the three suspects have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. The arrests are the result of more than ten months of investigation. He also thanked the RCMP National Security Program for its unparalleled work ethic and dedication to serving the country in the current investigations.

Deputy Commissioner David Teboul stated that police could not comment on the evidence collected by police, nor the motive behind the killing, but noted that the case “remains under very active investigation.” He added:

I would like to emphasize that today’s announcements do not constitute a complete account of the investigative work currently underway. There are separate and distinct investigations into this matter, which are by no means limited to the involvement of the people arrested today, and these efforts include investigating links to the Government of India… Today’s enforcement actions demonstrate our relentless commitment and our ability to address the sophisticated and complex criminal threats facing our nation.

The RCMP has pledged to investigate whether there are links between the Indian government and those arrested. They have also guaranteed to continue the investigation because others are suspected of playing a role in Nijjar’s murder.