Washington, September 18
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said Canada was “actively pursuing credible allegations” linking Indian government agents to the murder of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia in June.
Here is what is known about the probe into the Canadian citizen’s murder
*On the evening of June 18, Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) received a report of a shooting at the Guru Nanak Sikh gurdwara in the city of Surrey in British Columbia province.
*First responders located a man, later identified as 45-year old Hardeep Singh Nijjar, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle. Nijjar succumbed to his injuries on the scene, RCMP said.
*The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation.
*Investigators said that two suspects, described as “heavier set males, wearing face coverings,” fled the scene on foot and likely had a vehicle waiting for them close by from the murder scene. Authorities later said there was a third suspect as well. No arrests have been made.
*In July, investigators released information to the public of the believed route taken by the two suspects after the murder. Authorities later identified the vehicle which was waiting for the suspects as a Silver 2008 Toyota Camry.
*There were suspicions raised by local community members that there may have been foreign interference in the murder of the Sikh activist.
*”We understand there is a lot of speculation regarding the motive of this homicide, but we are dedicated to learning the facts and letting the evidence lead our investigation,” Timothy Pierotti, an official with IHIT, said in the early stages of the probe.
*Trudeau said on Monday that Canada had credible information linking Indian government agents to the murder. Trudeau did not directly accuse India of definitely being involved and Foreign Minister Melanie Joly later used more cautious language, saying “if proven true” the allegations would be unacceptable.