Canada arrests three people over murder of Sikh separatist, sparking diplomatic row with India

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Canadian police said Friday they have arrested three people in connection with the killing of a Sikh separatist leader last June in a Vancouver suburb that has been at the center of a diplomatic dispute with India. did.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Deputy Commissioner David Teboul announced that three suspects have been arrested and charged in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, by a masked gunman in the Surrey suburb of Vancouver.

Police have not commented on the nature of the evidence or a motive. “This matter is currently under active investigation,” Teboul said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau In September, he said there was a “credible suspicion” that India was involved in the Nijjar killing, sparking a diplomatic row with India. India had accused Nijjar of terrorism links but angrily denied any involvement in the killing.

Nijjar, an Indian-born Canadian citizen, was a plumber and leader of a once-powerful movement to create an independent Sikh homeland known as Khalistan. However, he denied any ties to terrorism.

The three suspects are Kamalpreet Singh, Karan Brar, and Karanpreet Singh. They were arrested in Edmonton, Alberta, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superintendent Mandeep Mooker.

“This investigation does not end here. We are aware that others may have been involved in this murder and remain committed to finding and apprehending each of these individuals.” ” Mooker said.

A decade-long bloody Sikh rebellion rocked northern India in the 1970s and 1980s, but was crushed in a government crackdown that killed thousands, including prominent Sikh leaders. It was done.

Although the Khalistan movement has lost much of its political power, it still has supporters in India’s Punjab state and a large overseas diaspora. Although the active insurgency ended several years ago, the Indian government has repeatedly warned that Sikh separatists are trying to make a comeback.

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