No Response So Far on List of A-Category Gangsters Shared With Canada, Says India, Blames Domestic Politics for Delay | Exclusive

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Canadian police released photos of Kamalpreet Singh, Karanpreet Singh and Goldy Brar, naming them as accused in the murder of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. (Image: Royal Canadian Mounted Police/SOURCED)

The list, exclusively accessed by CNN-News18, includes names like Arsh Dalla, Rinku Bihla, Baba Dalla , Landa, Raman Judge, Sam Abohar and Snover Singh Dhillon

India has shared a list of A category gangsters in Canada with the Justin Trudeau government but there has been no response so far, top Intelligence sources told CNN-News18 amid the Canadian police arresting members of an alleged hit squad linked to the killing of Khalistani separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in the province of British Columbia in June last year.

“The Canadian government is not keen to give any response on the Indian request of handing over these criminals. These gangsters are working against the interest of the Indian government and mostly for Pakistan ISI. Shelter to these gangsters is a serious issue and when they commit local crimes, the Canadian government puts the blame on India,” the sources said.

They added that the Canadian government’s politics of supporting Khalistanis is also because of domestic politics. “For local votes, they are harbouring these gangsters who are used by Pakistan from time to time. We expect the Canadian government to respond to these listed criminals and give their custody to India.”

The list includes names like Arsh Dalla, Rinku Bihla, Baba Dalla , Landa, Raman Judge, Sam Abohar and Snover Singh Dhillon.

In a statement on Friday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) named Kamalpreet Singh, Karanpreet Singh and Goldy Brar as accused in gunning down of the Khalistani leader Nijjar, who was also a Canadian citizen, at a parking lot of a gurdwara in Surrey, a city in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Indian officials familiar with the developments said that the three who were named as accused were living in Canada and were involved in the drug trade and were connected to Pakistan spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). “Gangsters are running operations in India sitting in Canada and many named accused by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) are living there. They were regularly getting money from ISI for anti-India and pro-Khalistani activities. From time to time we have given evidence but no support is given by Canadian government or their police,” the aforementioned officials told CNN-News18.

“This is a case for the Canadian police and bringing the name of the Indian government is (making) allegations without proof,” they further added.

Nijjar’s death and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations that India played a role have soured relations between Ottawa and New Delhi. India has said that the claims are ‘baseless’ and has sought proof from the Canadian authorities.

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