Fourth accused in Hardeep Singh Nijjar murder appears before Canadian court


Nijjar, 45, was killed exterior Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia on June 18, 2023.

An Indian nationwide charged in reference to the killing of a Khalistani separatist appeared before a Canadian court, which ordered him to re-appear on May 21 alongside three co-accused arrested in the high-profile case that has severely strained India’s relations with Canada.

Amandeep Singh, a 22-year-old suspect in the killing of Khalistan separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, appeared by way of video in a Surrey court on Wednesday, and the matter has been put ahead to subsequent week, native media reviews stated.

Nijjar, 45, was killed exterior Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia on June 18, 2023.

Amandeep was charged on May 11 with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, simply over every week after an identical costs had been introduced in opposition to three co-accused — Karan Brar (22), Kamalpreet Singh (22) and 28-year-old Karanpreet Singh.

Amandeep appeared in court in Surrey nearly from Ontario, the place he was already in the custody of Peel Regional Police for unrelated firearms costs.

A decide set his subsequent court date for May 21 — when he’ll seem alongside the opposite three males charged with conspiring to kill Nijjar.

His look before the court was marred by technical delays.

More than two dozen individuals gathered exterior the courtroom before Amandeep’s look, holding flags in help of Khalistan.

Amandeep, Karan Brar, Kamalpreet Singh and Karanpreet Singh are all Indian nationals. Police say Amandeep was splitting his time in Canada between Brampton, Abbotsford, and Surrey.

They are allegedly members of a success squad that investigators consider was tasked by the federal government of India to hold out the murder of Nijjar, based on the Canadian media.

Amandeep was already caught up in the Canadian justice system on the time of Nijjar’s loss of life, CBC News reported.

The Indian nationwide, who entered Canada on a brief visa, appeared in a Surrey courtroom to reply costs on an unrelated matter simply two days before he lay in look ahead to Nijjar on the entrance to the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, based on the report.

Amandeep had been arrested in Surrey on a warrant after fleeing from police in March 2023. He was charged with flight from police and harmful operation of a motorcar and made a primary court look on June 16, 2023.

Court paperwork present that his case got here up before the court once more 19 days after the killing, on July 7, and was continuing by the system towards a trial, scheduled for later this yr, when he was arrested on separate firearms and drug costs in Brampton final November.

The ties between India and Canada got here underneath extreme pressure following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations in September final yr of the “potential” involvement of Indian brokers in the killing of Nijjar.

India has dismissed Trudeau’s costs as ‘absurd’ and ‘motivated.’

Nijjar, a Khalistani separatist, was needed in India on numerous terror costs.

India has been asserting that its “core issue” with Canada remained that of the area given to separatists, terrorists and anti-India components in that nation.

Following Trudeau’s allegations final yr, India quickly suspended the issuance of visas to Canadian residents. The visa companies had been resumed a number of weeks later.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had just lately stated that by permitting political area to Khalistani separatist components, the Canadian authorities is sending a message that its vote financial institution is “more powerful” than its rule of regulation.

(This story has not been edited by DNA workers and is printed from PTI)

Nilesh Desai
Nilesh Desai
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