Ripudaman Singh Malik, who was accused in the 1985 Air India bombing case, was shot dead on Thursday morning in Surrey, British Columbia, according to Canadian news sources.
According to witness testimonies provided by CBC News, Malik was shot three times in the neck. According to media sources, the local police confirmed that shots were fired at approximately 9.30 a.m. local time, and that a man died from his wounds there. It looked to be a targeted shooting, they claimed.
According to reports, Ripudaman Singh Malik was shot outside his clothes store in the Vancouver, British Columbia, region. Ripudaman Singh Malik was exonerated in the Air India mass murder conspiracy in 2005 due to a lack of evidence.
Constable Sarbjit Sangha stated, “This appears to be a targeted shooting,” and added that a car thought to be driven by the gunmen was found nearby, “fully engulfed in fire.”
Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi president and former chief of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Paramjit Singh Sarna said in a statement: “I am deeply saddened at the death of Sardar Ripudaman Singh Malik in Canada. The loss is irreparable. Sardar Malik ran a number of Khalsa schools and was at the forefront of humanitarian efforts in Canada. My sincere condolences to his family. We hope Canadian authorities will launch a thorough investigation into his assassination and bring culprits to book.”
All 329 people on board were killed when Air India Flight 182, Emperor Kanishka, a Boeing 747, was blown up on June 23, 1985, while it was en route from Montreal to Delhi. The three major suspects in the case were Malik, Inderjeet Singh Reyat, and Ajaib Singh Bagri.
Reyat, who was called as a prosecution witness, claimed he could not recall the specifics of the scheme or the identities of individuals involved. As a result, Malik and Bagri were found not guilty of the 329 first-degree murder counts against them.
Malik had sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the beginning of the year, just before the Punjab elections in February, thanking him for the actions done for the welfare of the Sikhs. He had cautioned against a planned effort to discredit the Prime Minister by listing the several measures by the BJP, including the reopening of the 1984 riots cases.
In May, after receiving numerous visas, Ripudaman travelled for a pilgrimage to Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, and Maharashtra, according to Indian World Forum president Puneet Singh Chandhok.