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When India handed over list of Khalistani operatives to Canada's Trudeau in 2018 that included Nijjar's name

By, New Delhi
Sep 21, 2023 12:25 PM IST

Khalistan Tiger Force chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar was gunned down outside a Gurdwara in Canada's Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18.

During Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to Amritsar in 2018, India had handed him over a list of nine Khalistani operatives that also had extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on it. The tensions between India and Canada heightened on Monday after Trudeau alleged India's possible involvement in the killing of Nijjar.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets then Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh in Amritsar in 2018. (PTI)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets then Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh in Amritsar in 2018. (PTI)

This was followed by Canada expelling an Indian diplomat from the country. India rejected the allegations made by Canada, dubbing them as "absurd" and "motivated" and in a tit-for-tat action expelled a senior Canadian diplomat from the country on Tuesday.

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Khalistan Tiger Force chief Hardeep Nijjar was gunned down outside a Gurdwara, in a parking area in Canada's Surrey, British Columbia on June 18.

The operatives have been booked for various crimes including terror activities. They were Gurjeet Singh Cheema, Gurpreet Singh, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Gurjinder Singh Pannu and Malkeet Singh alias Fauji and others.

However, Canada is yet to take any major action against them.

Here is list of Khalistani operatives handed over to Canada

  • Gurjeet Singh Cheema: A resident of Jogi Cheema, in Punjab's Gurdaspur, Cheema is presently living in Brampton, Canada. Cheema, now a Canadian national, is an International Sikh Youth Federation activist and an active member of the ‘Singh Khalsa Sewa Club’ in Brampton, Toronto. He has been involved in radicalising, motivating, recruiting and providing funds for Sikh youths for carrying out targeted killings in Punjab. He even visited Punjab in March-April 2017 and operationalised a terrorist module for carrying out targeted killings. He also transferred 75,000 to module member Sukhmanpreet Singh in July 2016 and May 2017 for operationalising the module. He also arranged a consignment of militant hardware from Pakistan through his Pak-based associates like Lakhbir Singh Rode. Cheema also went to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh in March 2017 and sourced weapons for the module.
  • Gurpreet Singh: A resident of Moga, Gurpreet is currently staying in Ontario, Canada. He is also an ISYF activist. A Canadian national now, he is an active member of Singh Khalsa Sewa Club, Toronto. He was involved in radicalising, motivating, recruiting and providing funds for Sikh youth to carry out targeted killings in Punjab. Gurpreet visited India in March 2016 and raised an ISYF module for carrying out terrorist activities in Punjab. In November 2016, Gurpreet sourced two pistols in collaboration with Pakistan-based KLF chief Harmeet PhD (killed in Pakistan in February 2020) for module members. In April 2017, he provided funds for arranging pistols from Gwalior for the module. He also transferred 1,00,972 to the module members between June 2016 and February 2017 for operationalising the module.
  • Hardeep Singh Nijjar: A resident of Phillaur, Jalandhar, Nijjar was based in Surrey, Canada. Nijjar was killed outside a Gurdwara, in a parking area in Surrey, British Columbia on June 18. He had raised a five-member KTF module in 2014 and sourced funds for purchasing weapons for targeted killings. Nijjar had sourced 1000 CAD from Canada in 2014 for raising the module and purchasing weapons. He also trained four Sikh youths in AK-47/Sniper Rifle firing in Mission Hills (BC) in December 2015. He also sourced 10 lakh to Jagtar Singh Tara in September 2012 for carrying out terrorist activities in India. There were at least three FIRs against him — Rulda Singh killing case in 2009, providing funds for weapons for targeted killings in 2014 and raising the KTF module for targeted killings in 2016. In 2014, at the behest of Jagtar Singh Tara, Nijjar provided funds to Surjit Kohli (since arrested) and Parminder Kala (since arrested), a KTF terrorist, for purchasing weapons. Nijjar motivated Kala to kill socio-religious heads and Hindu Shiv Sena leaders. He also trained Mandeep Singh (NRI) along with other Canadian Sikhs in weapons. Nijjar motivated Mandeep Singh (since arrested) of Ludhiana and sent him to India on February 16 for carrying out terrorist activities
  • Gurjinder Singh Pannu: A resident of Naushehra Pannuan in Tarn Taran, Pannu now resides in Hamilton, Canada. A Canadian national now, he too is an ISYF activist and an active member of the Singh Khalsa Sewa Club. He was also involved in radicalising Sikh youths, collecting funds for operationalising members of terrorist modules. He had transferred 3,70,836 to a member of a terrorist module (Gurpreet Peet and others) between June 2016 and February 2017 for purchasing weapons.
  • Malkeet Singh alias Fauji: A resident of Talwandi Nahar, Amritsar, Malkeet is now based in Surrey, Canada. He is a member of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) outfit. Malkeet was involved in radicalising, motivating, recruiting and providing funds. He also sourced weapons from Uttar Pradesh in 2014 for operationalising a terrorist module. In collaboration with Manvir Duhra, he recruited Gurjit Ghaint, Gurmukh Singh, Hari Singh and others to carry out targeted killings in Punjab. He went to Canada in 2014, after forming the module. Even after going back to Canada Gurjit had remained in touch with module members.
  • Parvikar Singh Dulai: A Canadian national, Dulai resides in Surrey, and is an ISYF activist. He visited Pakistan in November 2015 and November 2016. Dulai maintains active contacts with Pakistan-based Ranjeet Singh, chief of KZF, and Pakistan-based Khalistani militants backed by the ISI. He also maintains close links with known Canadian Sikh extremists such as Bhagat Singh Baggu Brar, Gurjeet Singh Cheeman and Gurpeet Singh. In 2017, he, along with Gurjeet Cheema, planned procurement of weapons, fund-raising, training and terrorist acts in Punjab. Dulai raised funds on Baisakhi Parade in Surrey, part of which were diverted for carrying out terrorist attacks in India. Dulai raised funds on Baisakhi Parade in Surrey BC, part of which has been raised for terrorist attacks in India.
  • Bhagat Singh Brar: A Canadian national and son of the Pakistan-based Lakhbir Singh Rode, Bhagat is associated with Canada-based Hardeep Singh Nijjar (chief of KTF). During his visit to Pakistan in 2015, he was associated in the planning of a terror attack in India. In 2017, he arranged weapons, with the help of Rode and Harmeet Singh PhD from across the border, for members of a terrorist module in Punjab. He was key speaker, along with Moninder Bual, Sukhminder Singh Hansra and Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, at a Khalistan flag-hosting event in front of the Canadian Parliament on June 10, 2017.
  • Tehal Singh: Tehal alias Tut is a resident of Paragpur, Jalandhar, district. He is a close associate of Sulinder Singh. He, along with Sulinder Singh, Gurjit Singh Cheema and Gurpreet Singh Brar has been instigating youth in Punjab to revive militancy. He has been residing in Brampton, Canada, for the last 34-35 years.
  • Sulinder Singh: Residing in Brampton, Canada, Sulinder is an ISYF activist. In 2016-17, he along with Gurjeet Singh Cheema motivated Punjab-based Sikh youth for pursuing terrorist activities in Punjab. He was actively involved in raising funds for sourcing weapons for module members. He also maintains regular contact with the Pakistan-based Wadhawa Singh, BKI chief.
  • Hardeep Sohota: A Canadian national, Sohota is a resident of Surrey. He is associated with KLF activists Satinder Pal Singh Gill, Parvikar Parry Dulai, Moninder Bual, all residents of Surrey. He also visits Pakistan and holds meetings with Sikh militants in Pakistan. Sohota held meetings with Jagtar alias Jaggi Johal in August 2016 in Canada for operationalising plans for carrying out targeted killings in Punth.

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