Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday Canada was “actively pursuing credible allegations” linking Indian government agents to the murder of a Sikh separatist leader, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in British Columbia in June.

Canada is home to an influential Sikh community and Indian leaders say there are some fringe groups there that are still sympathetic to the cause of an independent Sikh state called Khalistan, carved out of India.

A Sikh insurgency that was suppressed in India in the 1990s killed some 30,000 people.

Here is what is known about the probe into the Canadian citizen’s murder:

  • On the evening of June 18, Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) received a report of a shooting at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, a Sikh place of worship, in the city of Surrey in the British Columbia province.

  • First responders located a man, later identified as 45-year old Hardeep Singh Nijjar, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle. Nijjar succumbed to his injuries on scene, RCMP said.

  • The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation.

  • Investigators said that two suspects, described as “heavier set males, wearing face coverings,” fled the scene on foot and likely had a vehicle waiting for them closeby from the murder scene.

Authorities later said there was a third suspect as well. No arrests have been made.

  • In July, investigators released information to the public of the believed route taken by the two suspects after the murder. Authorities later identified the vehicle which was waiting for the suspects as a Silver 2008 Toyota Camry.

  • There were suspicions raised by local community members that there may have been foreign interference in the murder of the Sikh separatist leader.

  • “We understand there is a lot of speculation regarding the motive of this homicide, but we are dedicated to learning the facts and letting the evidence lead our investigation,” Timothy Pierotti, an official with IHIT, said in the early stages of the probe.

  • Trudeau said on Monday Canada had credible information linking Indian government agents to the murder.

Trudeau did not directly accuse India of definitely being involved and Foreign Minister Melanie Joly later used more cautious language, saying “if proven true” the allegations would be unacceptable.

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KU Sep 19, 2023 01:09pm
This will be a test of justice versus trade opportunity for the Canadian government. But past incidents of a similar nature have often witnessed diplomatic consolation of sorts.
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SAMIR SARDANA Sep 19, 2023 02:19pm
JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS TO BAN ALL INDIAN POLICE,ARMY,PARAMILITARY AND MHA OFFICIALS,,FROM ENTERING CANADIAN AIRSPACE ! THEY ARE SCUM ! THESE SCUM WILL SHOOT ANYONE,FOR A BRONZE ALLOYED MEDAL ! JUSTIN IS THE TRUE FOLLOWER OF JESUS - THE BASTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ! USA AND EU HAVE SOLD THEIR SOUL TO JUSTIN ! BUT NOT JUSTIN ! JUSTIN DOES NOT NEED CHAIWALA MARKET ! JUSTIN EXPORTS OIL,GAS AND MINERALS ! THERE IS ALMOST NO TRADE WITH CHAIWALA ! JUSTIN IS THE VOICE OF THE FREE WORLD ! JUSTN IS THE ONLY LEADER IN THE WORLD WHO SAID THAT BSF IS A CRMINAL ENTITY https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/canada-accuses-bsf-of-human-rights-violations-418637 https://www.indiatoday.in/india/north/story/bsf-a-violent-force-canadian-embassy-74805-2010-05-20 JUSTIN IS THE ONLY MAN TO REFUSED VISAS TO INDIAN ARMY AND PARAS WHO SERVED IN KASHMIR https://www.opindia.com/2023/09/canada-rejects-visas-of-armed-forces-who-served-in-jk-vivek-katju/ JUSTIN IS THE MAN ! THE STAR ! SAMIR SARDANA
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Love Your Country Sep 19, 2023 05:48pm
@KU, Trade always wins in due course
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SAMIR SARDANA Sep 19, 2023 06:20pm
@Love Your Country , INDIA EXPORTS TO CANADA ARE 4 BILLION USD CANADA EXPORTS TO INDIA ARE 4 BILLION USD JUSTIN DOES NOT NEED CHAIWALA IN THE LONG RUN - CHAIWALA MAY NEED GAS,URANIUM,OIL,MINERALS FROM JUSTIN ! BUT JUSTIN WILL NEVER NEED ANYTHING FROM CHAIWALA ! THAT IS THE PARADIGM ! THIS IS THE CRUSADE THAT JUSTIN NEEDS TO LIFT UP HIS SAGGING RATINGS !
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Tulukan Mairandi Sep 19, 2023 10:31pm
Terrorists ought to be liquidated, be it TLP or these Canadians
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Zarzan khan Sep 20, 2023 04:09am
India is a rogue state that sponsors terrorism world wide.
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Zoya Sep 20, 2023 12:48pm
Modi Inc has gone out of control...at home they are responsible for genocide of Muslims...overseas now they are ordering hits...stealing high-tech...and west is looking the other way...as they get fooled by Modi Inc to contain China!
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U2 Sep 20, 2023 12:50pm
@Zarzan khan, What else can be expected from Modi...President Bush II banned entry of Modi into US due to his role in the massacre of Muslims in Gujrat.
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BHNK Sep 20, 2023 02:22pm
Canada should stop issuing visas to India until Modi behaves and stop ordering hits and respecting human rights for minorities at home.
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