While in Canada, Nijjar had a long association with Khalistan militancy
Canada has accused India of being involved in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. India has rejected the charge. Nijjar was killed in June this year. After this, a lot of pressure was put on the government to investigate this murder in Canada.
Important information related to the case:
Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot dead in Canada on June 18, 2023. He was shot multiple times outside a gurudwara in Surrey, Canada, leading to his death.
Nijjar was a resident of Village Bhar Singh Pura in Jalandhar, Punjab. He moved to Canada from India in 1997. Nijjar worked as a plumber in Canada. He was married and has two sons.
While living in Canada, Nijjar had a long association with Khalistan militancy. He was the "mastermind" of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), a banned terrorist group. He was also part of the banned separatist outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). He was declared a designated terrorist by India in 2020.
Nijjar was wanted in several cases, including a blast in Punjab's Ludhiana in 2007 that killed six people and injured around 40. He was also involved in the murder of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat president Rulda Singh (Patiala, 2009).
In July last year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on Nijjar in connection with the murder of a Hindu priest in Jalandhar, Punjab. The recent attacks on Indian diplomatic missions in Canada, the UK and the US have also come under scrutiny.
India has said that such baseless allegations are an attempt to divert attention from Khalistani terrorists and extremists. These people continue to be a threat to India's sovereignty and territorial integrity.