Three arrested in killing of Sikh separatist Nijjar: Canadian police

“We would not be at this point without the bravery and courage of the Sikh community coming forward with information for this investigation,” he said, adding that he believes they will continue to come forward for any future investigations, according to the report.

Court documents show Karanpreet Singh, Kamalpreet Singh and Karan Brar are each facing one count of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to murder in Nijjar’s death.

Nijjar, 45, was gunned down outside his gurdwara in Surrey, B.C., on June 18, 2023. He was a Canadian citizen.

Citing sources, a report in Global News said that the suspects had entered Canada on “student visas but may have been working at the direction of Indian intelligence when they shot Nijjar.”

According to court records, Brar has been charged with a murder that occurred in Surrey on 18 June, 2023. He also faces a charge of conspiracy to murder on 1 May, 2023, in Edmonton and Surrey, the report said.

Talking to reporters, Canada’s Public Safety Minister Dominic Leblanc declined to confirm the Indian government connection, saying such questions are best addressed by the RCMP.

“I have full confidence in the security apparatus of the government of Canada and the work of the RCMP, and the work that the (Canadian) Security Intelligence Service does,” Leblanc said.

“I think the police operation that you see ongoing today confirms that the RCMP take these matters extremely seriously. But questions with respect to particular links or non-links are properly put to the RCMP,” he added.

The indictments Friday allege the conspiracy unfolded in both Surrey and Edmonton between 1 May, 2023, and the date of Nijjar’s killing.

Quoting sources close to the investigation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported that the police are actively investigating possible links to three additional murders in Canada, including the shooting death of an 11-year-old boy in Edmonton.

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