Canada captures a fourth Indian in the Hardeep Singh Nijjar murder case.

Canada captures a fourth Indian in the Hardeep Singh Nijjar murder case.

               Source: Hindustan Times

A fourth suspect, also an Indian national, has been detained in connection with the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June 2023, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team of Canada's British Columbia (BC) province stated on Saturday.

The suspect, Amandeep Singh, 22, lives in Brampton, Ontario; Surrey, British Columbia; and Abbottsford, British Columbia, according to an official announcement from the IHIT. He was previously in the custody of Peel Regional Police in Ontario on guns charges in a separate case.

"We pursued the evidence and gained sufficient information for the BC Prosecution Service to charge Amandeep Singh with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder," according to a police statement.

"This arrest shows the nature of on our ongoing investigations to hold responsible those who played a role in the homicide of Hardeep Singh Nijjar," the statement continued.

Last Monday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) made the first arrests in the investigation, apprehending Karan Brar (22), Kamalpreet Singh (22) and Karanpreet Singh (28). The Edmonton residents, all Indian citizens, have also been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Nijjar, a Canadian citizen, was shot and killed outside Surrey's Guru Nanak Sikh Gurudwara on June 18, 2018. As a pro-Khalistan figure, he was labeled as a "individual terrorist" by India under the severe UAPA in July 2020.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has openly claimed that "agents of the Government of India" carried out the murder, causing diplomatic problems with India. New Delhi dismissed the charges and accused the Trudeau administration of "inaction" towards Khalistani elements in Canada.

Khalistan is envisioned as a separate country for Sikhs in the Punjab area of India.
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