Three arrests in connection with the murder of a Sikh activist in the country

Three arrests in connection with the murder of a Sikh activist in the country
Three arrests in connection with the murder of a Sikh activist in the country

According to court documents, they are Karan Brar, 22; Kamalpreet Singh, 22 years old and Karanpreet Singh, 28 years old. They were charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in Nijjar’s death.

This text is a translation of an article from CTV New.

The 45-year-old man was shot dead outside his gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia on June 18, 2023.

At a news conference Friday, RCMP Deputy Commissioner and Commander of the Federal Policing Program in the Pacific Region, David Teboul, stressed that the murder remains the subject of a “very active investigation.”

“Separate and distinct investigations are underway into these matters, certainly not limited to the involvement of those arrested today, and these efforts include investigating links to the Government of India,” he said. He specifies.

See Jean-François Poudrier’s summary in the bulletin Noovo Info 17 in the video linked to the text.

While charges have been filed, authorities have remained tight-lipped about how their months-long investigation led them to the three suspects.

“In respect of the administration of justice and the upcoming legal proceedings, we cannot make any comment on the nature of the evidence collected by the police, nor on the motive for the murder,” said Mr. Teboul.

Friday’s indictments allege the plot took place in both Surrey and Edmonton between May 1, 2023 and the date of Nijjar’s murder.

Authorities could not comment on the immigration status of the three arrested men, but said they had arrived in Canada within the past five years and were not permanent residents.

Commissioner Mandeep Mooker, head of British Columbia’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said police are also “aware that other people may have played a role” in the killing.

“We remain committed to finding and arresting each of these individuals,” Mr. Mooker added.

Authorities acknowledged that the update would leave many unanswered questions for the community, which has been shaken by Nijjar’s killing.

The assassination sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and India after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that intelligence services were investigating reports of a potential link between the Indian government and the assassination.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Dominic Leblanc declined to confirm the Indian government connection on Friday, telling reporters on Parliament Hill that such matters are best handled by the RCMP.

“I have complete confidence in the security apparatus of the Government of Canada, in the work of the RCMP and that of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service,” he said at a press briefing.

“I believe the ongoing police operation today confirms that the RCMP takes these matters extremely seriously. But questions relating to particular links or the absence of links are correctly asked of the RCMP,” added Minister Leblanc at a press briefing.

Nijjar was the president of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara where he was killed in broad daylight by two masked gunmen.

Deputy Commissioner and officer in charge of the Surrey RCMP detachment, Brian Edwards, praised the gurdwara management for their assistance – and patience – during the murder investigation, even as she went through “heartbreak and intense pain.

“Investigations in Canada are complex,” he said. “They are very, very heavy and time consuming. So the support of these people and the wider community has been essential in getting us to where we are today.”

As a strong supporter of the Khalistan movement, which advocates the creation of a separate Sikh homeland in the Indian province of Punjab, he was a wanted man in India, where authorities labeled him a terrorist in 2020.

At the time of his death, he was organizing an unofficial referendum on Khalistan among the Sikh diaspora in British Columbia with the organization Sikhs For Justice.

With reporting from Rachel Aiello and Andrew Weichel for CTV News and the Canadian Press

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