Hardeep Singh Nijjar was a designated terrorist in India
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
during a Parliament session on Monday said that there are “credible allegations of a potential link” between agents of the Indian government and the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar
. The Khalistan
supporter, a designated terrorist in India
, was attacked by unidentified assailants outside a Gurudwara in Surrey, Vancouver in June, 2023.
Trudeau added that he conveyed his country's concerns to his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the recently concluded G20 summit in New Delhi.
“Canada has declared its deep concerns to the top intelligence and security officials of the Indian government,” Trudeau said Monday in the Ottawa legislature.
“In no uncertain terms, any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty,” Trudeau added.
Nijjar was attacked on June 19, at around 8:30 PM local time. Hundreds of Sikh separatists protested his death in cities like Toronto, London, Melbourne and San Francisco. The 45-year-old was a designated terrorist in India. He led the Khalistan Tiger Force.
Here are some cases against Nijjar:
Nijjar moved to Canada
in 1997. He lived there with his wife and two sons. The Harsignpur, Jalandhar native reportedly worked as a plumber before taking on the reigns of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurudwara in Surrey.
The Khalistan Extremism Monitor reports that he visited Pakistan in 2013-14 to meet KTF's Jagtar Singh and the ISI.
An FIR was filed against Nijjar by the Punjab Police in 2010. It accused the 45-year-old of being involved in an explosion near the Satya Narayan Temple in Patiala.
In 2015, another FIR was filed against the Khalistan supporter for plotting to kill religious leaders. One year later, he was accused of running a training camp in British Columbia.
Authorities in Canada briefly detained him in April 2018 but he was released without any charges being filed.
The NIA had filed a chargesheet against Nijjar in a case of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts against India. The central agency said that he was promoting secessionist and violent agenda of the Gurpatwant Singh Pannun-led Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) in India. A Red Notice was issued against him in 2016.
In 2022, the NIA declared a reward of Rs 10 lakh for information leading to Nijjar's arrest in cases registered in 2018, 2019 and 2021. The agency arrested some of his associates and also filed chargesheets naming him.