The assassination of Ripudaman Malik, the man acquitted in the 1985 Air India bombing, has highlighted the growing radicalization of Sikhs in Canada and the threat it poses to India’s internal security . Canadian police are very concerned about the growing activities of Khalistan radicals and are cooperating with Indian security agencies to stem their rise.
Malik was shot dead in Surrey last Thursday in the province of British Columbia in Canada, from where six of the main Sikh gangsters are believed to operate. The founder of the Khalsa Credit Union and Khalsa Schools has previously been accused of playing a role in the 1985 Air India terrorist bombing case in which 329 passengers and crew were killed.
Although no one has claimed responsibility for Malik’s assassination, reports suggest he was blacklisted by Moninder Boyle and Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the two extremists who orchestrated a campaign against Canadian Sikhs over the impression of Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS). Nijjar and Boyle spread rumors that the SGGS printed by Malik had errors, demanding to revoke permission granted for printing.
Eventually, the duo took possession of 20 ‘Saroops’ (physical copies of the Guru Granth Sahib) along with printing machines from Malik’s premises and brought them to the Guru Nanak Sikh temple. However, no errors were found in the printing of the Saroops and extremists were asked to return the copies. But they refused to oblige. The Jathedar Akal Takht’s proposed visit to Malik in June had also angered Nijjar and Boyle. Nijjar, however, denied his role in the assassination.
Former Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Chairman Manjit Singh GK has suggested that Pakistani spy agency ISI may be behind Malik’s murder, stressing that the Canadian government must investigate the angle. The ISI’s involvement in Sikh radicalization is a well-known fact and security agencies could look into these unverified claims.
Ahead of the 2022 Punjab assembly elections, anti-India activities by Khalistan radicals had raised concerns for security agencies as wanted ‘Grade A’ mobster Harvinder Singh Sandhu aka Rinda Sandhu was charged by the ISI to carry out terrorist attacks to destabilize sensitive India. border state.
Although Malik’s murder remained a mystery, Canadian police took a step closer to solving it by identifying the vehicle linked to the targeted assassination. On Friday, a team of investigators released video of a white Honda CRV driving through the area shortly before Malik was found shot dead there.