Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations against India regarding the killing of wanted Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar have created fresh tensions between the two countries.
Canada is becoming the favorite destination point of Khalistani terrorists. Here terrorists and gangsters fleeing from India are taking shelter, the name of one of them was Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was murdered in the month of June this year. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations against India regarding the killing of wanted Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar have created fresh tensions between the two countries. Trudeau said there may be a connection between Indian government agents and Nijjar’s murder. Due to his statement an Indian diplomat was expelled from Canada. On June 18, Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) chief Nijjar was shot dead by two unidentified assailants outside a gurudwara.
Took entry into Canada through fake passport
According to Global, Nijjar had fled to Canada in 1997 using a fake passport. His refugee claim was rejected, after which, he married a woman who had sponsored him for immigration, which was also rejected. Trudeau later referred to him as a Canadian in the House of Commons, Global reported. Nijjar was declared a designated terrorist by India in 2020. According to security agencies, Nijjar was actively involved in recruitment and training of people for the banned terrorist organization KTF. He was also part of the separatist organization Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), which called for the Khalistan referendum on September 10.
Captain Amarinder had submitted the list of wanted persons to the Trudeau government.
Over the past few years, India has several times expressed its concerns about Nijjar’s links to terrorist activities. In 2018, former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had submitted a list of wanted persons to Justin Trudeau, which included Nijjar’s name. Then in 2022, Punjab Police sought the extradition of Nijjar as he was wanted in cases related to spreading terrorism in the state. Nijjar was wanted in several cases, including the 2007 blast in Punjab’s Ludhiana city that killed six and injured 42. In 2010, the Punjab Police had registered a case against a Khalistani terrorist for his alleged role in a bomb blast near a temple in Patiala. Another wanted UK-based terrorist, Paramjit Singh Pamma, was one of the main accused in the case.
Look out notice issued in 2015
Another case was registered against Nijjar in 2015 for his alleged role in targeting Hindu leaders and in 2016 another case was registered against him for his alleged involvement in the training and funding of Mandeep Dhaliwal and his murder. Was related to hatching a conspiracy. Look Out Circular (LOC) and Red Corner Notice (RCN) were also issued against Nijjar in 2015 and 2016. In 2018, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it was investigating the involvement of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in the murder of RSS leaders in Punjab. The NIA had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh on Nijjar after he was accused of conspiring to murder a Hindu priest in Jalandhar, Punjab in 2022.