Firing at house of Nijjar’s close aide in Canada

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Feb 02, 2024

Canadian police are investigating an overnight shooting at the residence of Sikh activist Simranjeet Singh, a very close associate of the pro-Khalistan chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was shot dead in Surrey, Canada, on June 18 last year.

Nijjar’s killing led to a diplomatic row between India and Canada after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he suspected Indian govt involvement.

A Gurdwara Council spokesperson in Canada’s British Columbia province, Moninder Singh, blamed India for the Thursday morning shooting at Simranjeet Singh’s house. He said two gunmen fired at Simranjeet’s house barely 10 minutes after he reached home and the bullets also hit the inside walls and his six-year-old son had a narrow escape.

Addressing a press conference at Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, where Nijjar was shot dead in the parking lot, Moninder Singh alleged, “We feel that his targeting is from the Indian side and he was being followed for the last several months. There also was surveillance outside his house. Simranjeet had also informed the police authorities about this.”

Simranjeet is associated with the Khalistan movement, including the Khalistan referendum organised by Sikhs for Justice, which is proscribed in India. 

Simranjeet was at the forefront of organising a protest outside the Indian consulate on Jan 26, he added.

Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police, in a statement issued by Corporal Sarbjit K Sangha, said the firing appeared to be an isolated incident. “On February 1, 2024, at approximately 1.21 am, Surrey RCMP received a report of shots fired at a residence in the 2800-block of 154 Street. Frontline officers attended the scene and located evidence consistent with a shooting. 

No injuries were reported.”

“The Surrey RCMP Major Crime Section has conduct of the investigation and investigators believe this was an isolated incident. Officers are still working to determine the motive,” he added.

Several British Sikhs have been handed Osman notices (threat to life warnings) by the police and many British Sikhs who support Khalistan say they fear for their personal safety.

Tom Tugendhat, UK security minister, met a cross-party delegation of eight British MPs on Tuesday to provide them reassurances on the safety and security of Sikh activists in the UK after they had written to him raising concerns about rising threats and harassment amid “increased tensions between the Indian government and Sikh separatist activists”.