Hardeep Singh Nijjar was a Canadian born on October 11, 1977 and who sadly passed away on June 12, 2023, he was known for his strong support for the creation of a new Sikh state in the Punjab region of India. Tragically, he was wanted by the Indian government and died in Canada on June 18, 2023. The Canadian government is currently investigating suspicions that the Indian government may have played a role in his untimely death.
|Name||Hardeep Singh Nijjar|
|Famous for||Najjar was the famous creation of a new Sikh state in the Punjab region of India that should be called Khalistan.|
|Birthdate||October 11, 1977|
|Date of death||June 12, 2023|
|place of birth||Jalandhar, Punjab, India|
Hardeep Singh Nijjar had a career that involved some controversies. The Government of India claimed that he was in charge of groups supporting Khalistan, such as Khalistan Tiger Force, and headed the Canadian branch of Sikhs for Justice. He also held the position of president at a Sikh temple in Surrey, British Columbia.
However, in 2018 the Indian government accused Nijjar of being involved in several targeted killings in India. Nijjar strongly denied these allegations and said that Indian authorities were wrongly accusing him of crimes. In February 2018, Amarinder Singh, who was the Chief Minister of Punjab, handed over a list of wanted persons to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Nijjar’s name was on that list. On April 13, 2018, the Surrey unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police briefly questioned Nijjar, but did not charge him with any crime and released him within 24 hours.
On June 18, 2023, something very sad happened. Hardeep Singh Nijjar was in his van in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, Canada, when two masked gunmen shot him. He was found in his truck with gunshot wounds. Níjar was 45 years old. After his death, some Sikh groups said that Indian diplomats may have been involved in his murder.
On September 18, 2023, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canadian intelligence found a strong connection between Nijjar’s murder and the Indian government. He asked India to work together with Canada to find out what happened. In response to this sad development, Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly told a senior Indian diplomat in Canada to leave. This diplomat was in charge of the Research and Analysis Wing, which is India’s external intelligence agency in Canada. India followed suit the next day, sending back a Canadian diplomat, as a way of responding. They said the claims were very wrong. Due to this incident, talks on a trade deal between Canada and India were said to have been put on hold.