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Fourth Indian Man Arrested by Canadian Police in Nijjar Murder Case

Canadian authorities have made significant progress in the investigation into the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a prominent Sikh separatist leader, by arresting and charging a fourth individual. The incident, which occurred last year, had strained diplomatic relations between Canada and India.

The recent arrest of Amandeep Singh, a 22-year-old Indian national residing in Brampton, Surrey, and Abbotsford, marks a significant development in the case. He has been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with Nijjar’s killing. Interestingly, Singh was already in custody for unrelated firearms charges in Peel, Ontario, when the new charges were laid against him.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) revealed that Nijjar, aged 45, was fatally shot outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, a city with a considerable Sikh population. This tragic event garnered international attention, particularly due to the potential involvement of the Indian government, as suggested by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau’s remarks on the matter had sparked diplomatic tensions between Canada and India, further complicating the situation.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar was a Canadian citizen known for his advocacy for Khalistan, an independent Sikh homeland. His activism and support for Sikh separatist groups had long been a point of contention between Canada and India, with the latter labeling him as a “terrorist.” Nijjar’s assassination highlighted the deep-rooted tensions within the Sikh community and the broader geopolitical implications of Sikh separatism.

The investigation into Nijjar’s murder has shed light on the complexities surrounding Sikh separatism and the challenges it poses for both Canadian and Indian authorities. The arrest of Amandeep Singh underscores the ongoing efforts to bring those responsible for Nijjar’s death to justice and to address the underlying issues fueling Sikh separatist movements. However, it also raises questions about potential foreign involvement and the extent of diplomatic repercussions between Canada and India.

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