The Canadian police were moving his corpse from the scene when, according to the authorities, a group of Sikhs yelled pro-Khalistan and anti-India shouts.
According to authorities here, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the leader of the outlawed Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) and one of India’s most wanted terrorists with a monetary reward of Rs. 10 lakh on his head, was shot and killed outside a gurdwara in Canada.
Around 6am IST on Monday, two unknown shooters allegedly opened fire on Nijjar, 45, as he was getting ready to depart in his car from the parking area of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, Surrey, in the western Canadian province of British Columbia.
The guy was treated by police until paramedics came, but he passed away immediately from his wounds, they said, adding that no arrests had been made and that no suspect descriptions had been made public.
The Canadian police were removing his corpse from the scene when a group of Sikhs chanted pro-Khalistan and anti-India chants, according to the authorities.
Since Nijjar has been running the Gurdwara for the last four years, there has been talk of money being stolen from the temple and used to finance terrorism in Punjab.
Nijjar, who resides in Canada, was labeled a “terrorist” by India in July 2020 in accordance with the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and his property there was seized by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in September 2020.
He was also the subject of an Interpol Red Corner Notice in 2016. On suspicion of his participation in terrorism, the Surrey local police placed Nijjar under house arrest in 2018; however, he was eventually let go.
The murder is the most recent incident of a terror leader being killed outside of India. Another wanted Khalistani terrorist, Paramjit Singh Panjwar, was killed by unidentified shooters in Lahore, Pakistan’s Punjab province, in May while out on a morning stroll close to his home.
Panjwar, 63, was in charge of the Khalistan Commando Force-Panjwar organization until India classified him as a terrorist in July 2020 in accordance with the UAPA.