Sikh Activist’s Killing Sparks Allegations of Indian Government Involvement

Sikh Activist’s Killing Sparks Allegations of Indian Government Involvement

Sikh leaders in North America are demanding justice following the recent arrests in the killing of Canadian Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. While the arrests have brought some relief, allegations of Indian government involvement have raised concerns within the Sikh community. Canadian police announced the arrest of three Indian nationals in connection with Nijjar’s shooting death, but investigations continue to determine any potential ties to the Indian government.

The Sikh community, with a population of approximately 770,000 in Canada, the largest Sikh diaspora outside India, is grappling with the looming question of Indian state involvement. Moninder Singh, a spokesman for the BC Gurdwaras Council, expressed the need to expose India’s role in the assassination plot, citing reasons of public safety and deterring future operations.

Tensions between Canada and India escalated in September when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investigation into potential links between Indian government agents and Nijjar’s killing. Nijjar, a prominent Sikh community leader, was fatally shot outside a temple in Surrey, British Columbia, where he served as president. India vehemently denied any involvement and accused Nijjar of terrorism, a claim rejected by his supporters.

Reports have emerged of threats against other Sikh leaders in North America, further fueling suspicions of Indian officials’ involvement. In late November, the US Department of Justice charged an Indian national, Nikhil Gupta, for his alleged role in a foiled attempt to assassinate Sikh American activist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. The plot was reportedly organized in coordination with an Indian government employee and others.

While India has rejected these allegations, rights groups argue that the country needs to address the issue beyond mere denials. Activists and Sikh leaders, including Pritpal Singh, have demanded accountability for the threats against Sikh activists and urged the United States Department of Justice to prosecute those involved in India’s alleged murder-for-hire scheme.

India, on the other hand, continues to deny any involvement in the alleged plots and has criticized Canada’s handling of Nijjar’s killing. The Indian external affairs minister accused Canada of providing a haven to organized crime and disregarding the harm it could cause to Canadian society.

A Canadian public inquiry into foreign interference has also accused Indian officials and their proxies in Canada of engaging in activities to influence Canadian communities and politicians. The report highlighted India’s view of anyone aligned with the Khalistani separatist movement as a seditious threat, blurring the line between lawful political advocacy and violent extremism.

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  1. The demand for justice by Sikh leaders in North America following the recent arrests in the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar is like a roaring river seeking its rightful path. Just as the river flows with determination, undeterred by obstacles in its way, the Sikh leaders are unwavering in their pursuit of justice for their fallen comrade. Like the river’s force cannot be contained, the demand for justice cannot be silenced until it finds its rightful course, bringing closure and accountability for the tragic loss

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