Hardeep Singh Nijjar

Name: Hardeep Singh Nijjar

Aliases: Nijjar

Gender: Male

Date of Birth: 11-Oct-1977

Place of Birth: Bhar Singh Pura in Jalandhar district, Punjab

Citizenship: Canada

Current Residence: 12551, 89-A AVE, Surrey, BC-1A9, Canada

Organizational Affiliations: Babbar Khalsa International (BKI),Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF)

Current Position: ‘chief’ of KTF

Criminal Record/Court Cases/Charges:

Hardeep Singh Nijjar

A native of harsinghpur in Jalandhar District, Nijjar is currently based in Surrey, Canada. He reportedly worked as a plumber and according to media reports, he was elected unopposed to head the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurudwara in Surrey, Canada. He has visited Pakistan in 2013-14 to meet with Jagtar Singh Tara of KTF, who was arrested from Thailand in 2015, and Pakistan’s ISI. He also organized a training camp for Khalistani militants in Missigen Hills in British Colombia in December 2015 in which small arms training was imparted. Nijjar is actively involved in training KTF militants and operationalizing them in India.Some reports also indicate that Nijjar along with another Canadian resident, Mandeep Singh was working to revive Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) by injecting funds into the organization.

In 2010, Punjab Police had filed a FIR against Nijjar for his involvement in an explosion near Satya Narayan temple in Patiala. Separately, in 2015 another FIR was filed against him for plotting to kill religious leaders. Later in 2016 another FIR was filed for organizing training camp in Canada in December 2015. A Look out Circular (LOC) and a Red Corner Notice (RCN) were also lodged against him in 2015 and 2016. Although Canadian authorities had briefly detained him in April 2018, he was released without any charges being filed. 


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The Indian government recently blocked access to a documentary titled ‘Sikhs, Spies, and Murder: Investigating India’s Alleged Hit on Foreign Soil’, produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which implicates Indian agents in the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, Canada. Following orders from the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, YouTube restricted access to the documentary.


According to sources, the Indian government has provided the latest coordinates of Canada-based designated terrorist Arshdeep Singh Gill alias Arsh Dala of Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), to the Canadian government, urging them to make a provisional arrest. Dala, previously associated with Punjab-based gangsters, shifted to Canada to work with the erstwhile KTF chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar. After Nijjar's death, Dala took over KTF operations, orchestrating targeted killings in India. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) declared Dala a designated terrorist on January 9, 2023, due to his involvement in heinous crimes and terror activities. Despite India's requests, the Canadian government has not taken any action against Dala.


According to ABC News, Indian authorities conducted searches at the family home of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Punjab shortly before his alleged murder in Surrey, Canada. The searches, involving uniformed police and intelligence agencies, raised suspicions among locals. Despite Canada's accusations and ongoing tensions, the Indian government denies any involvement in Nijjar's killing, emphasizing the need for evidence, which Canada has failed to provide until now.


The Government of New Zealand on March 14 reached out to Canada and reaffirmed its stance on the killing of Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, emphasizing the need for evidence before drawing conclusions. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters' comments, which suggested a lack of substantial evidence, sparked concerns but were later clarified as being taken out of context.


New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Winston Peters, on March 13 in New Delhi, refrained from commenting on the murder of Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar until the investigation concludes, emphasizing respect for the rule of law. His visit to India aimed at strengthening ties, including signing the air services agreement to enhance connectivity between the two countries. Peters met with Indian officials, discussing bilateral cooperation and emphasizing shared democratic values and principles in the Indo-Pacific region.


Pro-Khalistan protesters on March 11 raised derogatory slogans targeting the Indian High Commissioner to Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma, at an event organized by the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) in Edmonton, Alberta province, Canada. They targeted the envoy over alleged Indian involvement in the killing of Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, Canada, in 2023. Despite attempts to disrupt, the event proceeded successfully, with Canadian authorities securing the route for the envoy.


Nearly nine months after the death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a plumber turned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) operative, the Canadian government, led by Justin Trudeau, has failed to provide evidence supporting Trudeau's allegation of Indian government involvement. A documentary aired by CBC, funded by the government, relies on interviews with pro-Khalistan activists and an indictment filed in the United States (US) to implicate India. This move coincides with planned pro-Khalistan protests and a referendum in Sacramento, suggesting possible political motives. Critics argue that, instead of radicalizing the Sikh diaspora, Canada should either produce evidence or refrain from interfering in India's domestic affairs.


A documentary titled 'The Fifth Estate' aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) on March 8, alleging the direct involvement of Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi in planning the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar and attempting to kill another Khalistani terrorist, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, abroad. Pannun also claimed that PM Modi, advised by National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, sanctioned the plots, involving India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and its chief, Samant Goel.


Canadian government-funded outlet CBC News on March 8 released footage of the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada. The video, captured by a surveillance camera overlooking the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Sahib on the evening of June 18, 2023, shows a white sedan blocking the path of the Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Nijjar. Two assailants then run towards the vehicle, fatally shooting him, before making their getaway in a waiting Toyota Camry.


In Toronto, Canada, the residence of Simranjeet Singh, linked to Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, was shot at, sparking accusations from pro-Khalistan groups against India. However, Canadian authorities found no evidence of foreign involvement.


On February 17, Khalistani protesters, some waving Khalistan flags, gathered outside the Indian consulate in Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, to mark the eight months since the death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. During the demonstration, protestors burned and cut Indian flags, while others made statements primarily in Punjabi over loudspeakers, expressing condemnation of India.


Peel Regional Police are investigating a shooting at the home of Inderjeet Singh Gosal, an organizer of a rally supporting Khalistan, amidst tensions between Sikh activists and opponents of the independence movement in Brampton, Canada. This incident follows another shooting targeting Simrinjeet Singh, a friend of the slain Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, escalating friction within the Indian diaspora. Gosal is associated with the Khalistani terrorist outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) and allegedly has faced threats and scrutiny, with authorities probing potential links to his Khalistan affiliation.


On February 12, the property of Inderjit Singh Gosal, a close associate of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, was hit by gunfire in Brampton in Ontario province in Canada. The construction crew discovered a bullet hole in the unfinished house. Gosal is a vocal proponent of Khalistan and collaborates closely with Khalistani terrorist and the chief of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.


The Indian High Commissioner in Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma, stated in an interview with The Globe and Mail that India won't assist the Canadian probe without 'specific evidence,' in the investigation into the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada in 2023, a case that has escalated tensions between Canada and India. Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau had accused Indian secret service agents of Nijjar's assassination, a claim that India refuted.


The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is investigating a shooting at the home of Simranjeet Singh, which took place on February 1 in Surrey, British Columbia province in Canada. Simranjeet was an associate of the late Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a member of the banned Khalistani terror outfit Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). Simranjeet is known for his involvement in the Khalistan movement and recent protests. The Surrey RCMP deems it an isolated event with no reported injuries.


On January 26, in an interview with CTV in Canada, Jody Thomas, the national security advisor to Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau, stated that India is collaborating with Canada to address tensions arising from the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Trudeau's statement last year, alleging potential links between Indian government agents and the murder, had strained diplomatic relations. However, India has denied any official government involvement in the killing.


According to a Reuters report that quoted Canadian Immigration Minister Marc Miller, the issuance of study permits by Canada to Indian students sharply declined in 2023 due to diplomatic tensions over the killing of Khalistan terrorist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. The strained relations led to Canada ejecting Canadian diplomats processing permits, and fewer Indian students applied amidst the dispute. Canadian Immigration Minister Marc Miller cited a halved processing ability, stating that the diplomatic relationship poses challenges and may not improve soon. The conflict resulted in an 86% drop in study permits issued to Indians in the fourth quarter of 2023, falling from 108,940 to 14,910.


The Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, in a recent interview, highlighted a contrast between India's relations with the United States (US) and Canada. He stated that the US does not tolerate extremist activities in the name of freedom of speech, unlike Canada. Jaishankar pointed out that the US takes a firmer position on the misuse of freedoms, while Canada has, at times, openly interfered in Indian politics. These comments come amid strained ties with Canada, following accusations by Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau linking India to the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar—a claim dismissed as "absurd" by India. The minister emphasized the impact of Khalistani forces in Canadian politics on bilateral relations.


External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, in an interview with ANI warned that Canada's political environment is creating a space for the growth of Khalistani separatism, enabling radicals to propagate their ideology. These remarks come amid escalating tensions between Canada and India over the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Jaishankar accuses Canada of providing room for Khalistani forces to engage in activities detrimental to bilateral relations, refuting Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau's allegations of an Indian plot to assassinate Khalistani terrorists.


India’s High Commissioner to Ottawa, Sanjay Kumar Verma stated in an interview with Hindustan Times that India's approach to Canada concerning allegations of a link between Indian agents and the death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar has always been collaborative. He emphasized concerns about Canada allowing its soil to be used for secessionism. Despite the Nijjar case, he highlighted positive aspects in trade, investment, immigration, and people-to-people relationships between India and Canada.


According to sources, Canadian law enforcement agencies are unlikely to find concrete evidence supporting Prime Minister (PM) Trudeau's claim that the killers of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar were directed by the Indian government. Observers suggest Nijjar's murder may be linked to local criminal gangs or a business dispute rather than state involvement. Canada has not shared any proof with India to support its allegation. Speculation circulates that officials close to Trudeau might resort to physical torture to coerce confessions and save face for the PM. Two suspects in Nijjar's killing are reportedly under close monitoring, and possible arrests are expected in the coming weeks.


The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, during a press briefing in New Delhi on December 29, stated that India lacks information on reports suggesting Canadian authorities are close to arresting two men linked to the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada. The Globe and Mail had earlier reported that the suspects, under police surveillance, are expected to be arrested in the coming weeks.


The Indian High Commissioner to Ottawa, Sanjay Kumar Verma, affirmed India's commitment to examine any 'specific and relevant information' provided by Canada, in response to Canadian law enforcement's identification of two suspects related to the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada. The murder had previously strained India-Canada relations when Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau hinted at a possible connection between Indian agents and the killing.


According to a report by the Globe and the Mail, two suspects believed to have fatally shot Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey in British Columbia (BC) province in Canada, are reportedly under police surveillance and expected to be arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in the coming weeks.


According to reports, Canada is facing mounting pressure to provide evidence supporting allegations of India's involvement in the death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia (BC), Canada. Former BC Premier Ujjal Dosanjh urged Canada to present proof, drawing parallels with United States (US) prosecutors who linked an Indian government official to a plot to assassinate a Sikh separatist leader. In September, Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau claimed credible intelligence linking India to Nijjar's killing, prompting a denial by the Indian government. Trudeau expressed the intention to reveal evidence in due course, emphasizing the need for a thorough investigation in this high-profile case.


Union Home Minister (UHM) Amit Shah, in New Delhi on December 14, reaffirmed India's position on Canadian allegations regarding the murder of pro-Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Shah questioned why individuals wanted in India for terrorism are in Canada. This follows Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau's acknowledgment that he made public allegations against India to deter its actions.


According to sources, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has requested the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to share information on pro-Khalistan supporters in the United States (US), following accusations of Indian government involvement in the killing of Khalistan supporter Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada and a murder attempt on another leader in the US. FBI Director Christopher Wray's recent visit to India included discussions on Sikh separatists operating from US soil.


Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau, in an interview with the agency Canadian Press, on December 11 reiterated his allegations against India over the death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, stating the need to "put a chill on India". Trudeau claimed the announcement was an extra "level of deterrence" to ensure Canadians' safety. He also mentioned difficult conversations with PM Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit and accused India of spreading misinformation.


While addressing the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament, on December 8, the Minister of State for External Affairs, V. Muraleedharan, stated that Canada has not provided India with specific and relevant information regarding allegations of Indian involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, and emphasized the government's rejection of allegations of its involvement in violence in Canada.


Indian High Commissioner to Canada Sanjay Kumar Verma on November 25 stated that India is cooperating with the United States (US) investigation into an alleged assassination attempt but not with Canada's probe into the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. He cited a disparity in the information shared in the investigations as the reason for the differing levels of cooperation.


Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau has reiterated his accusation against India for its alleged involvement in the killing of Canadian Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, putting the Indian government led by PM Narendra Modi in the spotlight. Sikh organization Dal Khalsa supported Trudeau's claims, asserting that they believe India's intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was involved. The organization urged India to cooperate with the Canadian investigation and warned that if New Delhi continues to refuse, they would recommend taking the case to the International Court of Justice.


According to experts, diplomatic relations between India and Canada remain strained following mutual accusations related to the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Although India recently partially restored visa services, seen as a small step, it has not led to a significant breakthrough in improving relations. Both countries are unlikely to take major reconciliation steps soon, given Canada's ongoing murder investigation and India's upcoming national elections. The crisis has hindered the movement of Indians in Canada and delayed discussions on a free-trade deal, impacting Canada's Indo-Pacific plans and threatening relations between the two nations, despite their historical ties and strong people-to-people connections.


Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra on November 4 called for the arrest of Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, who recently threatened individuals planning to travel via Air India on November 19. Earlier, Pannun, the chief of the Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), urged Sikhs to avoid Air India flights on that day.


According to sources, Canadian authorities have warned Gurmeet Singh Toor, a member of the banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) and a close associate of the late Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, that he may be targeted by the Indian government due to his involvement in Khalistan activism in Canada.


A video that is going viral on X showed that pro-Khalistan posters installed outside Fremont Gurudwara in California, United States (US) were torn down by a man who was later handed over to the Police. Based on the viral footage, the Pro-Khalistan posters were actually 'Kill India' posters with a picture of slain Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar accusing Indian diplomats of assassinating him in Canada.


According to reports, the use of terror group logos in events organized by Gurdwaras, places of worship for Sikhs, in California, United States (US), is deeply troubling. The official page of Stockton Gurdwara in California, a well-known location associated with the Khalistani extremist movement, posted an invitation on June 27 for an event related to Paramjit Singh Nijjar and Avtar Singh Khanda. Interestingly, it featured the logos of two proscribed terrorist groups, the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) and the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), alongside the names of Nijjar and Khanda. The Stockton Gurdwara made headlines last year when it became the site of a tragic shootout in which three individuals were injured.


In a video, Jennifer Zeng, a Chinese blogger residing in the United States (US), asserted that individuals associated with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) were involved in the assassination of Khalistani separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada. Zeng said that China's intention was to manipulate circumstances to sow discord between India and Western nations. Furthermore, she claimed that this act was part of the CCP's covert ‘Ignition Plan’ aimed at destabilizing global affairs in accordance with Xi Jinping's military strategy concerning Taiwan.


The World Sikh Parliament (WSP), a pro-Khalistan outfit based in the United States (US), on October 8 during its 4th General Assembly meeting in New York announced its commitment to pursue the establishment of a separate country in Punjab. Himmat Singh, the WSP Coordinator, stated, “The WSP is dedicated to advancing the rights and aspirations of the Sikh community worldwide and reaffirming the mandate of the Sarbat Khalsa held in 2015 by recognizing April 29th as the day of the Sikh Declaration of Independence, with Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara as the Jathedar of Akal Takht.” Additionally, the meeting addressed issues related to the killings of Khalistani separatists Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada, Avtar Singh Khanda in the UK, and Paramjit Singh Panjwar in Pakistan.


On October 3, Khalistani graffiti that stated 'Khalistan Zindabad' was spotted on the boundary wall of the Jal Shakti Department office in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. The banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) claimed responsibility, with SFJ chief and Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun stating in a video that they are targeting the World Cup to seek revenge for the killing of Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Nijjar, signaling their intention to disrupt the event. According to Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Kundu, two suspects have been identified after reviewing the CCTV footage. DGP Kundu also noted that a collaborative intelligence-sharing meeting was held on October 3 in Dharamshala with officers from military intelligence, the Intelligence Bureau (IB), and the Crime Investigation Department (CID) units.


Pro-Khalistan protesters gathered outside the High Commission of India, waving anti-India placards and chanting slogans, in London, United Kingdom (UK) on October 2. The protest aimed to draw attention to Canadian Prime Minister Justin (PM) Trudeau's allegations of Indian involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, which, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has strongly denied. The call for the protest stated that Sikhs intend to address domestic concerns, such as the questionable demise of Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Khanda.


United States (US) State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller, while addressing the press in Washington, D.C., on October 2, stated that the US is working in close coordination with Canada regarding allegations of Indian government involvement in the fatal shooting of Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau accused Indian agents of carrying out the killing, a claim that India vehemently denied as absurd. The US has engaged with India to encourage cooperation in Canada's investigation, and Canada has shared these allegations with India, hoping for constructive engagement.


The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, has confirmed that the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar is currently under active investigation. Nijjar, the head of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), was killed in Surrey in June 2023.


According to a report by the National Post, Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was shot dead in June 2023, had written a letter to Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau in 2016, denying the Indian government's claims that he was a terrorist.


Hundreds of Sikh activists staged a demonstration outside the Golden Temple in Amritsar on September 29, demanding justice for the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada. The protesters called for an end to extrajudicial operations against separatists and urged New Delhi to engage with Sikh leadership.


Pro-Khalistani group Dal Khalsa, along with hundreds of Khalistani sympathizers, on September 29 conducted prayers at Sri Akal Takht Sahib, in Amritsar, for the well-being of Sikh activists, the release of political prisoners, and justice for those killed "extra-judicially," including Khalistani terrorists Hardeep Singh Nijjar and Paramjit Singh Panjwar. They also urged international agencies, including the Five Eyes, to monitor India's actions against Khalistani activists on foreign soil.


Members of the Indian diaspora in Canada on September 28 criticized Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau's allegations against India regarding the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar as ‘extremely irresponsible, in Brampton, Canada. They expressed their belief that Trudeau could have used more diplomatic channels and rephrased his statement to avoid negatively impacting the Hindu and Sikh communities.


According to sources, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigation has revealed that Canada-based gangster and Khalistani terrorist Arshdeep Singh alias Arsh Dala, along with Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, facilitated the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) by providing target details, arranging weapons, sending terror funds through the Money Transfer Service Scheme (MTSS) channels, and raising funds through extortion. The funds extorted from victims were sent to Arsh in Canada through hawala operators. The recruits apprehended by security agencies were part of a conspiracy to kidnap and kill individuals of other faiths to advance KTF's terror agenda in Punjab. The investigation identified a group of individuals residing abroad, specifically in Canada, the United States, and Pakistan, including Lakhbir Singh alias Landa; Arsh Dala; Harinder Sandhu alias Rinda; Satwinder Singh alias Goldy Brar; Warring alias Raman Judge; Charnjit Singh alias Rinku Bihla; Sanawer Dhillon; Gurpinder Singh alias Baba Dalla; Gaurav Patyal alias Lucky; and Anmol Bishno. They are involved in various criminal activities.


According to reports, recent gang-related violence involving criminal groups in Punjab has strained Indo-Canada relations. Notably, gangster Sukhdool Singh alias Sukha Duneke, was killed in Winnipeg, Canada, allegedly due to inter-gang rivalry, with both Lawrence Bishnoi and Jaggu Bhagwanpuria claiming responsibility. Duneke's name appeared on a list of wanted gangsters released by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) a day before his murder. He was associated with the Khalistan movement in Canada. This incident parallels the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada. Additionally, the Bishnoi gang, led by Lawrence Bishnoi, and the Bambiha Group, headed by Davinder Bambiha, are key players in this criminal landscape. Other figures involved include Jasdeep Singh of the Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gang and Canada-based Goly Brar, a member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang and a fugitive wanted for murder by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).


Radical group Dal Khalsa on September 27 announced their plans to hold prayers at Akal Takht for the well-being of Sikh activists in exile, the release of political prisoners, the success of the Sikh freedom struggle, and justice for extrajudicial killings of individuals like Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Amritsar, Punjab. The event commemorates the 42nd year of Dal Khalsa founder Gajinder Singh's exile, who resides in Pakistan after serving a life sentence for a 1981 hijacking case, with Akal Takht recognizing his dedication in September 2020. India had included Gajinder Singh's name in the list of 20 "most wanted" terrorists in 2002.


The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on September 26 refuted claims of a delay in their initial response to the fatal shooting of Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. They stated that their officers reached the scene within four minutes of the incident, contrary to a Washington Post report. The RCMP also clarified that they were the jurisdictional police responsible for the investigation and denied any conflict with Surrey Police.