In retaliation, Canada expelled an Indian diplomat from Ottawa on Monday, accusing India of having a hand in the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June.
On June 18, 2023, Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot and killed in Canada. He was shot several times in front of a Surrey Gurudwara.
Nijjar was a native of the Jalandhar village of Bhar Singh Pura. In 1997, he relocated to Canada from Punjab and started working as a plumber. He has two boys and was married.
Since moving to Canada, he has been involved in Khalistan militancy for a long time. He was the “mastermind” behind the outlawed Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). Additionally, he belonged to the outlawed separatist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). In 2020, India labeled him as a terrorist.
In multiple cases, including the 2007 blast in Ludhiana, Punjab, which left six people dead and about 40 injured, Nijjar was wanted. Additionally, he took part in the murder of Rulda Singh, the president of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (Patiala, 2009).
In connection with the killing of a Hindu priest in Jalandhar, Punjab, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had offered a cash reward of 10 lakh on Nijjar in July of last year. Additionally, it is looking into recent assaults on Indian diplomatic missions in the US, UK, and Canada.
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