FOUR Indian nationals Arrested In Murder Plot

The assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a prominent Sikh leader, on June 18, 2023, outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, has led to significant developments and diplomatic tensions between Canada and India.

Four Indian nationals in their 20s have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder; Karan Brar, 22; Kamalpreet Singh, 22; Karanpreet Singh, 28 & Amandeep Singh, 22. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has publicly alleged India’s involvement, sparking a diplomatic crisis.

The Sikh community in Canada has welcomed the arrests but emphasizes their focus remains on the alleged role of the Indian government. Community leaders are calling for a public inquiry into India’s alleged foreign interference in Canada.

The case has significant implications for Canada-India relations, with ongoing investigations by Canadian security agencies. As legal proceedings continue, the Sikh community hopes to prevent future threats to activists and all Canadians.

Karan Brar, Amandeep Singh, Kamalpreet Singh and Karanpreet Singh

Four Indian nationals have been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a prominent Sikh leader who was gunned down outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18, 2023. The arrests have come nearly a year after the assassination, which sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and India when the Canadian Prime Minister publicly alledged indias involvement.

The suspects are arrested are, Karan Brar; Kamalpreet Singh; Karanpreet Singh & Amandeep Singh

The first three suspects were arrested in Edmonton on May 3, 2024, while Amandeep Singh was apprehended in Brampton, Ontario, on May 11, 2024. All four have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Amandeep Singh an Indian national lived in Brampton, Surrey and Abbotsford, and was already in custody for unrelated firearms charges out of Peel, Ontario. “This arrest shows the nature of our ongoing investigation to hold responsible those that played a role in the homicide of Hardeep Singh Nijjar,” said Supt. Mandeep Mooker of IHIT.

Amandeep Singh’s case is particularly noteworthy. Court records show that he was arrested and released in Surrey, B.C., just weeks before Nijjar’s murder. On June 6, 2023, Singh signed an undertaking agreeing not to possess firearms and to appear in court. However, twelve days later, he allegedly participated in Nijjar’s killing

All four suspects are Indian nationals in their 20s who came to Canada on temporary visas. This fact has fueled suspicions about potential involvement of the Indian government in the assassination, an allegation that India has vehemently denied.

The suspects made their first court appearance on May 7, 2024, via video link from pretrial jail. They elected to be tried in English and agreed to adjourn their cases until May 21. During their May 21 appearance, a judge ordered the suspects to have no contact with several people in the community. The next court date was set for June 25, 2024.

The arrests have been welcomed by the Sikh community in Canada, with many seeing it as a step towards justice. However, community leaders, including Moninder Singh of the B.C. Gurdwara Council, emphasize that their focus remains on what they perceive as the primary culprit: the Indian government.

The case has significant implications for Canada-India relations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated that Canadian security agencies are investigating allegations of Indian government involvement in Nijjar’s death. This diplomatic tension is further complicated by the broader context of foreign interference, as highlighted in the recent Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference report, which found that India is deeply involved in efforts to influence Canadian affairs.

As the legal proceedings continue, many in the Sikh community are calling for a public inquiry specifically focused on India’s alleged role in foreign interference in Canada, hoping to prevent future threats to Sikh activists and all Canadians.