Canadian Police Arrested Fourth Indian Suspect in the Murder of Sikh Activist

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Canadian authorities have arrested a fourth Indian citizen in connection with the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh separatist leader. The incident, which occurred last June, escalated into a diplomatic conflict between Canada and India.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) of British Columbia announced late Saturday that 22-year-old Amandeep Singh, who was already detained by the Peel Regional Police in Ontario on unrelated firearms offenses, is now facing charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

The police confirmed that Amandeep Singh, an Indian national, has been residing in various Canadian cities, including Brampton, Ontario; Surrey, British Columbia; and Abbotsford, British Columbia. Due to the sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation and judicial proceedings, authorities have withheld further details regarding the arrest.

This month, three other Indian nationals—Karan Brar, Kamalpreet Singh, and Karanpreet Singh—were arrested in Edmonton. They have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for their alleged roles in the death of Nijjar, who was fatally shot in the parking lot of the Sikh temple in Surrey, where he served as president.

The case took a diplomatic turn when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested credible evidence of Indian involvement in Nijjar’s murder, leading to a diplomatic row. India, having previously labeled Nijjar a terrorist, vehemently denied any participation in the crime. In retaliation, India demanded the withdrawal of a significant number of Canadian diplomats last year. While tensions have subsided somewhat, they persist.

The Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara’s spokesperson has not yet commented on the matter.

Supporters from the temple gathered outside the Surrey courthouse last Tuesday to protest as the three previously charged individuals made a court appearance via video conference.

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