Sikh Community Watches as Suspects in Nijjar Killing Appear in Court

Sikh Community Watches as Suspects in Nijjar Killing Appear in Court
Sikh Community Watches as Suspects in Nijjar Killing Appear in Court /NIA Webiste
Sikh Community Watches as Suspects in Nijjar Killing Appear in Court
Sikh Community Watches as Suspects in Nijjar Killing Appear in Court /NIA Webiste

Sikh Community Watches as Suspects in Nijjar Killing Appear in Court

Sikh Community Watches as Suspects in Nijjar Killing Appear in Court

Sikh Community Watches as Suspects in Nijjar Killing Appear in Court

Key Highlights:

  1. Three Indian nationals accused of Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing appear in a Surrey court.
  2. Pro-Khalistani protesters demonstrate outside, blaming India for the killing.
  3. Canada-India relations strained; Canadian PM accused Indian agents of Nijjar’s murder.

Members of the Sikh community from British Columbia gathered in a Surrey courtroom as three Indian nationals accused of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing made their first court appearance via video. Dressed in orange jumpsuits, the suspects—Karan Brar, Karanpreet Singh, and Kamalpreet Singh—were questioned briefly by Judge Delaram Jahani.

Pro-Khalistani protesters outside the Surrey provincial court chanted slogans and held placards, blaming India’s government for Nijjar’s killing. Brar and Karanpreet Singh decided to appear again on May 21, while Kamalpreet Singh, seeking legal counsel, awaits a new court date.

The three men were apprehended in Edmonton last week on charges of first-degree murder and murderous conspiracy related to Nijjar’s June 2023 shooting in Surrey, severely straining Canada’s relations with India. The incident led to a diplomatic crisis after the Canadian Prime Minister accused Indian government agents of Nijjar’s murder, a claim India vehemently denied as “absurd” and “motivated.”

Nijjar was fatally shot outside a gurdwara in Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver, sparking tensions between Canada and India. Canadian police released photographs of the suspects and the car believed to be involved in the homicide, further escalating the investigation. The arrest of the three suspects prompted renewed allegations from Canada’s New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh, accusing India of orchestrating Nijjar’s assassination.

Source: WAM

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