Who was Hardeep Singh Nijjar, whose murder charges have been denied by India?

A reward of Rs 10 lakh was announced on Hardeep Singh Nijjar in the case of murder of a Hindu priest in Jalandhar.

New Delhi:

The Indian government has strongly denied accusations leveled by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Canadian Parliament against Indian agencies for the killing of Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has said, “There is no evidence of any act of violence. On Canadian soil.” Allegations of India’s involvement are completely absurd… India is committed to the rule of law…”

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Nijjar was the chief of the Khalistani Tiger Force
Originally a resident of Jalandhar in the Indian state of Punjab, Hardeep Singh Nijjar moved to Canada in 1997. Hardeep Singh Nijjar was wanted in India for masterminding the ‘Khalistani Tiger Force’ (KTF), a terrorist group registered in India.

He was shot dead in June, 2023
Apart from the ‘Khalistani Tiger Force’, Hardeep Singh Nijjar was also the head of the Canadian branch of the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot dead by some unknown assailants near a Gurdwara in Surrey in June 2023.

Nijjar had a reward of 10 lakh rupees
In July 2022, India’s counter-terrorism agency announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on Hardeep Singh Nijjar in connection with the murder of a Hindu priest in Jalandhar. Apart from this, Nijjar was also accused of bomb blast in a cinema hall in Punjab in 2007. The NIA is also probing recent attacks on Indian diplomatic missions in Canada, Britain and the US.

Notably, Canada is one of the favorite destinations for Sikh migrants, where extremism has grown exponentially in the past few years. Canada has seen a lot of Khalistan activity in the past few months, including protests outside the Indian embassy and pasting of threatening posters to Indian diplomats.

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