In a targeted shooting that sent shockwaves through the international community, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a prominent Khalistani terrorist wanted by the Indian government, was killed in Canada’s Surrey on Sunday evening. Officials confirmed the incident, revealing that Nijjar was shot dead outside a gurdwara in the North American country.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar recently made headlines when his name was included in a list of 40 designated terrorists released by the Indian government. Hailing from Bharsinghpur village in Punjab’s Jalandhar, Nijjar’s life came to a tragic end as he was found dead in a car with bullet wounds in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Sahib, where he served as the head.
Preliminary information suggests that Nijjar was shot dead by two unidentified assailants, and he died on the spot. During the removal of his body from the scene, a group of Sikhs present raised pro-Khalistan and anti-India slogans, further intensifying the situation.
Nijjar had been on the radar of Indian authorities for some time. In 2022, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for information leading to his arrest, as he was accused of conspiring to kill a Hindu priest in Jalandhar, Punjab. The conspiracy was allegedly orchestrated by the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), and Nijjar, who was based in Canada, held the position of chief within the organization.
Prior to this incident, the NIA had filed a chargesheet against Nijjar in a case related to conspiring to commit terrorist acts against India. His involvement in extremist activities had put him at the center of attention for counter-terrorism efforts.
The shooting of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada has raised concerns about the spread and influence of Khalistani extremism beyond Indian borders. It serves as a reminder of the continued threat posed by such individuals and organizations and the need for international cooperation to combat terrorism in all its forms.
Authorities in both India and Canada are expected to collaborate and investigate this incident thoroughly to unravel the details behind Nijjar’s death and ascertain any potential ramifications on the security landscape. The repercussions of this event are likely to reverberate through diplomatic channels as the global fight against terrorism remains a top priority for governments worldwide.