Three Indian men arrested for murder of Sikh leader in Canada

Canadian police have announced the arrest of three Indian men on charges of murdering Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a prominent Indo-Canadian separatist leader.

According to reports, Karan Preet Singh (28), Kamal Preet Singh (22) and Karan Barar (22) were arrested on Friday, May 3.

Najjar, who India had labeled a fugitive terrorist, was shot last year in the courtyard of a temple in suburban Vancouver, home to Canada’s largest Sikh population, by unidentified assailants who fired dozens of bullets.

Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had highlighted credible claims linking Indian intelligence agencies to Nijjar’s killing, claims that have been dismissed as baseless by the Indian government.

Indian authorities have also stated that Nijjar had played a role in the Sikh separatist movement, which led to a major uprising in India in 1980.

Najjar, who fought for Khalistan, an independent Sikh nation, immigrated to Canada in 1997 and obtained citizenship in 2015.

So far, Indian authorities have not made any statements regarding the arrest in connection with the killing of the Sikh separatist leader.