Sukhdool Singh, also known as Sukha Duneke, a prominent Sikh leader advocating for Khalistan, was fatally shot in Winnipeg, Canada. Singh was wanted by the Indian government, with the NIA (National Investigation Agency) having issued warrants for his arrest.
This incident occurred shortly after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of being involved in the killing of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June of the same year.
Trudeau stated in parliament that Canadian intelligence agencies had discovered a “credible” connection between Nijjar’s death and the Indian government. He further mentioned that he had raised the issue of Nijjar’s killing with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the recent G20 summit in New Delhi.
Trudeau emphasized that any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is a severe violation of their sovereignty and goes against the fundamental principles of free, open, and democratic societies.
In response to this matter, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly informed the media that an Indian diplomat named Pavan Kumar Rai had been expelled in connection with the case.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar had been fatally shot in his vehicle by two masked individuals on June 18 in a busy parking area outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, a city in British Columbia. Subsequently, India expelled a Canadian diplomat in a retaliatory action.
A day earlier, the Canadian government had issued a travel advisory urging its citizens to exercise a high degree of caution while in India due to the potential threat of terrorist attacks across the country.