Canadian police indict three people on suspicion of assassinating Sikh activist

Canadian police have charged three members of a suspected hit team for their alleged roles in the murder. Assassination of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjarthe first arrest in a high-profile murder that authorities believe was masterminded by India.

The arrest, first reported by CBC News, comes nearly a year after the prominent activist was murdered in the parking lot of a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia.

Karanpreet Singh, Kamalpreet Singh and Karan Brar are charged with first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder in Nijjar’s death, according to court documents.

In September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Parliament that the government had a “credible allegation” that India was behind the killings and called the death of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil an “unacceptable violation of our sovereignty.” He said there is.

India denies direct involvement in Nijjar’s murder, suggests ‘rogue’ operatives are behind it Another assassination attempt occurred against a prominent Sikh figure in the United States.

But relations between Canada and India have soured in the aftermath of Nijjar’s killing, which officials said exposed what officials said was a cross-border campaign of violence by India targeting dissidents abroad.

The men arrested Friday are reportedly Indian nationals who came to Canada in 2021 or later, some on student visas. According to CBC, none of them received any education during their stay, and none have permanent residency.

Investigators say the group may also be involved in three other murders in Canada, including the “sick and twisted” killing of an 11-year-old boy in Edmonton.

Members of the group, the alleged perpetrators and drivers of the June 18 brazen Nijjar murder, have been arrested in police raids in at least two states.

British Columbia RCMP and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team expect to release an update on the arrest later Friday.

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