Suspect arrested in Brampton for Hardeep Singh Nijjar killing was allegedly one of two gunmen

An Indian citizen arrested in Ontario on Saturday was allegedly one of the two gunmen who shot B.C. Sikh temple leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Global News has learned.

Amandeep Singh, 22, is the fourth suspect charged so far with Nijjar’s killing, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has linked to the Indian government.The resident of Brampton, Ont. was charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. He has been in custody since November on unrelated charges.According to a source familiar with the case, Singh is believed to be one of the armed men who opened fire on Nijjar as he was leaving the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Surrey, B.C. on June 18, 2023.

The shooters were then seen running to a getaway car.Nijjar was a Canadian citizen, temple president and prominent leader of the Khalistan movement, which seeks independence for India’s Sikh-majority Punjab state.The government of Prime Minister Nahendra Modi had long accused him of leading a terrorist group behind attacks in India — although no credible evidence was ever produced.

The latest charges followed the May 3 arrests in Edmonton of Karan Brar, 22, Kamalpreet Singh, 22 and Karanpreet Singh, 28. All are Indian nationals. They appeared in Surrey court last week.Like his co-accused, Amandeep Singh arrived in Canada on a temporary visa, but was allegedly involved in violent crime, the source said. The RCMP said he had lived in Brampton, Surrey and Abbotsford, B.C.

The four hitmen are suspected of links to India’s violent Bishnoi crime group, which has spread into Canada. Investigations into the suspected role of the Indian government are still underway.Canada’s national security agencies have been investigating an emerging trend in which foreign intelligence services are suspected of contracting out killings to crime groups.

On Nov. 3, 2023, Singh was one of five men charged with firearms and drug offences following a traffic stop in Brampton by the Peel police Specialized Enforcement Bureau.During the arrests, police seized an FN 509 9mm pistol with a 24-round extended magazine, and two extended magazines with 24-round capacities containing 9mm ammunition, police said at the time.

Singh was charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm and possession of a prohibited device.He was also charged with possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, failure to comply with a release order and possession of a controlled substance, among other offences.Arrested along with Singh at the time were Ramanpreet Singh, 30, Maninder Singh, 21, Swaranpreet Singh, 20, and Jobanpreet Singh, 20. All were described by police as Brampton residents.

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