Police announce arrest of fourth suspect in Nijjar’s death

Police announce arrest of fourth suspect in Nijjar’s death
Police announce arrest of fourth suspect in Nijjar’s death

The province’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said Amandeep Singh, 22, was already in the custody of Peel Regional Police in Peel, Ont., on firearms-related charges without connection with the murder.

“IHIT researched the evidence and obtained sufficient information for the BC Prosecution Service to charge Amandeep Singh with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder,” the police statement said .

Police also confirmed that Amandeep Singh is an Indian national who splits his time in Canada, Brampton, Ontario, Surrey, British Columbia, and Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Investigators say no further details about the arrest can be released due to ongoing investigations and court proceedings.

Earlier this month, police arrested three Indian nationals – Karan Brar, Kamalpreet Singh and Karanpreet Singh – in Edmonton and charged them with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of M . Nijjar, shot dead in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple in Surrey, British Columbia, where he was president.

A spokesperson for the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Temple protesters gathered outside the Surrey provincial courthouse last Tuesday when the three men charged in the case appeared via video link.

Nijjar’s death sparked tensions between Canada and India, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying credible intelligence linked the killing to the Indian government, while Indian officials denied any involvement.

The arrests also intensified scrutiny of Canada’s permitting process for international students after revelations that a video posted online in 2019 by an India-based immigration consultancy showed Karan Brar saying his “visa arrived” while a photo showed him holding what appeared to be a study permit.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said it could not comment on ongoing investigations or individual cases when asked about the suspects’ immigration status.

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