Canada Police revealed on Thursday that the investigation into the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar remains active and ongoing. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is leading the probe.
A spokesperson for IHIT, Sergeant Timothy Pierotti, informed reporters, ‘We are aware of reports being made regarding the homicide of Hardeep Singh Nijjar. As this remains an active and ongoing investigation, I’m unable to comment on specific evidence collected by IHIT.’
Nijjar, the chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), was killed in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18, 2023. India had designated Nijjar as a terrorist in 2020.
In a related development, the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Sahib in Surrey, where Nijjar was killed, has initiated an inquiry into how The Washington Post newspaper obtained access to security camera footage of the June killing.
Gurkeerat Singh, a spokesman for the gurdwara, stated, ‘We’ve been told by the temple that the video is not for the media or the public because it’s an ongoing investigation. That video won’t be released to anyone. It’s an ongoing investigation.’ He did mention, however, that he had seen the video multiple times.
Pierotti also disclosed to Surrey Now-Leader that the police had completed a comprehensive area canvass and were in the process of gathering relevant video footage. Balraj Nijjar, the victim’s son, mentioned his father’s frequent meetings with Canadian Security Intelligence Service officers, including one shortly before his murder on June 18th, with another scheduled for two days later.
It’s worth noting that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged the involvement of the Indian government in Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing on June 18. However, India has categorically denied these allegations, labeling them as ‘absurd’ and ‘motivated.’ The investigation continues, and details are eagerly awaited by the public.”