Three charged in murder of Sikh activist in Canada – AsAmNews

Three young men have been arrested and charged with the murder of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Nijjar, 45, was shot dead last June in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, Canada. Police announced during a press conference on Friday, May 3, that they have arrested the three men in connection with Nijjar’s death, CNN reports. At the court, the accused were identified as Karanpreet Singh, Kamalpreet Singh and Karan Brar.

All three suspects are Indian nationals and do not live permanently in Canada. They are charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

“We are investigating their possible links with the Indian government,” Mandeep Mooker, chief inspector of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said at the news conference. Reuters.

The suspects were arrested in Edmonton, Alberta, a province in Canada, where they lived. According to the BBC, the police have been living in Canada for three to five years.

Nijjar was a prominent leader within the Sikh community in Surrey and a strong supporter of the Khalistan movement. The movement calls for an independent Sikh state in Punjab, a northern region of India.

Many within the Khalistan movement believe that Nijjar was killed because of his activism.

“We welcome the arrests, but this raises many more questions,” Balpreet Singh, legal counsel and spokesperson for the Canada-based advocacy group the World Sikh Organization, told reporters. Reuters.

“Those arrested are part of a hit squad, but it is clear they were under leadership,” he added.

Sikh activists have questioned the role the Indian government may have played in Nijjar’s death. Three months after Nijjar’s murder, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally accused India of involvement.

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