A timeline on the murder of BC Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar

Police in British Columbia say they have charged three Indian nationals in the murder of Sikh activist and gurdwara leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, B.C., last year. Here is a timeline regarding the killing, which sparked a diplomatic dispute between Canada and India.


June 18 — Hardeep Singh Nijjar is shot dead outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Surrey, BC

1st of September – Canada pauses trade talks with India

September 10 — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are having a tense conversation on the sidelines of the G20 summit in New Delhi

September 15 — Canada postpones a planned trade mission to India in October

September 18th – Trudeau tells the House of Commons that there is credible information about a possible link between the Indian government and Nijjar’s murder

September 18th – Canada expels a top Indian diplomat and in return a senior Canadian diplomat is expelled from India

21st of September – India suspends visa service for Canadians

19 October – Canada recalls 41 diplomats from India after the Indian government revoked their diplomatic immunity

October 25 — India resumes some visa services for Canadians

November 29 — An indictment is opened in New York over a murder-for-hire plot by an Indian national. The indictment alleges that an Indian government employee directed the assassination attempt in the United States and discussed others, including the killing of Nijjar in Canada.


3rd of May – Karan Brar, Kamalpreet Singh and Karanpreet Singh are arrested and charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder after Nijjar’s death

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2024.

The Canadian Press