Ripudaman Malik: Canadian police have said they are still working to determine the motive behind the targeted killing of Ripudaman Singh Malik, a 75-year-old Sikh man acquitted in the 1985 Air India Kanishk terrorist bombings case.
Ripudaman Malik was shot dead on Thursday in Surrey, British Columbia. CBC News said Malik and co-accused Ajaib Singh Bagri were acquitted of conspiracy charges related to mass murder in 2005 and two bombings in 1985 that killed 331 people.
The report cited a witness who said he “heard three shots and found Malik bleeding from a neck wound from his red Tesla.” Another witness from a nearby business identified that the victim of the shooting was Ripudaman Malik.
Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said: “A man who was shot at around 9:30 a.m. died at the scene. They say it appears to be a targeted shooting and the victim’s name has been released.” not doing it.” Police said they traced a “suspicious vehicle” that was “engulfed in flames,” the report said.
Another ABC News report said police did not initially release the identity of the victim, but it was confirmed after Ripudaman Malik‘s son Jasprit Malik posted a statement on social media about his father’s shooting. .
“The media will always refer to him as the man accused of the Air India bombings,” Malik’s son wrote on Facebook, according to ABC News.
“The media and the RCMP never accepted the court’s decision and I pray that today’s tragedy is not related.” The Integrated Murder Investigation Team said in a statement, “We are aware of Ripudaman Malik‘s background, although at this time we are still working to determine the motive.
We can confirm that the shooting appears to have been targeted and it is not considered so. Any further risk to the public.” The 1985 Air India bombing is one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Canadian history and in the history of the airline.
On 23 June 1985, Air India flight carrying 329 people including 182, 268 Canadian nationals and 24 Indian nationals took off from Toronto and halted at Montreal from where it was en route to London and then to its final destination Bombay.
The plane was flying 31,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean when a suitcase bomb detonated the front cargo, killing everyone on board.
Another bomb was supposed to be planted on an Air India flight scheduled to take off from Japan, but it exploded at Tokyo’s Narita airport, killing two baggage handlers.
CBC News reports that there were mixed reactions to Ripudaman Malik‘s death. While Malik’s friends said he had “lost a hero of the Sikh community,” former British Columbia chief Ujjwal Dosanjh, Malik’s former acquaintance, said he was a controversial figure.
Dosanjh said, “One of the other complicating factors is that he recently traveled to India, where he wrote a letter in support of (Prime Minister) Modi and his policies and I think its impact within the community.” Maybe.” report well.
The CBC report said that in recent years, Ripudaman Malik had served as president of Khalsa School and managed the campuses of two private schools in Surrey and Vancouver. He was also the president of the Vancouver-based Khalsa Credit Union (KCU), which has over 16,000 members.