Canada has expelled a senior Indian diplomat as part of an ongoing investigation into the killing of pro-Khalistan militant Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has cited “credible allegations of a potential link” between Indian government agents and Nijjar’s killing. Nijjar was fatally shot on June 18 outside a Sikh cultural center in Surrey, British Columbia. Trudeau emphasized that any foreign government’s involvement in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of their sovereignty. This expulsion has further strained relations between Canada and India due to the increase in pro-Khalistan activities in Canada.

Key information about Hardeep Singh Nijjar:

  1. Nijjar was associated with the banned Indian separatist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) and held the position of ‘Number 2’ after Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. He originally hailed from Jalandhar’s Bharsingh Pura village and moved to Canada in 1996.
  2. Initially working as a plumber in Canada, Nijjar’s wealth significantly increased over the past few years due to his involvement in pro-Khalistan activities.
  3. Nijjar’s involvement in terrorism began with his membership in Babbar Khalsa International, led by Jagtar Singh Tara. He later founded his own group, Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), and played a significant role in identifying, connecting, training, and financing Khalistani cells in India. He faced over 10 FIRs against him.
  4. In 2014, Nijjar masterminded the assassination of self-proclaimed spiritual leader Baba Bhaniara. In 2015, he organized a training camp in Canada to instruct Mandeep Singh Dhaliwal, who was subsequently sent to Punjab with the mission to target Shiv Sena leaders. Mandeep was arrested in June 2016.
  5. In November 2020, Nijjar collaborated with fellow gangster Arsh Dalla, who was also residing abroad. Together, they were involved in the murder of Manohar Lal, a follower of the Dera Sacha Sauda, which occurred at Lal’s office in Bhagta Bhai Ka, Bathinda, in 2021.

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