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Sikh leader Ripudaman Malik shot dead in Canada, acquitted in 1985 Air India bombing

By Priyanka Verma 
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Canada: Vancouver, Canada, Sikh leader Ripudaman Singh Malik, main accused in the 1985 Air India ‘Kanishq’ terrorist bomb blasts, was shot dead in Vancouver, Canada. According to eyewitnesses, three gunshots were heard.The firing was done from very close range. He died on the spot. Malik was one of the two accused in the Kanishka bombings (1985 Air India ‘Kanishka’ terrorist bombing). More than 300 people were killed in this bomb blast. Malik was acquitted in the case in 2005. According to the police, Ripudaman Singh Malik was shot at 9.30 am on Friday, according to Canadian Time. A burning vehicle was seen from the spot.

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However, as soon as the information was received, the police immediately reached the spot and tried to bring them to their senses by giving them primary treatment, but they could not be saved. Bullets were fired from near Malik. It is not yet clear why and who killed Malik. On 23 June 1985, a bomb exploded on Air India Flight 182 ‘Kanishq’ from Canada off the coast of Ireland, killing 329 passengers and crew. This included more than 280 Canadian citizens, including 29 entire families and 86 children under the age of 12. Most of the passengers were Canadian citizens of Indian origin.

After the explosion, the plane broke into pieces and fell into the Atlantic Ocean. Examination of the bodies and medical check-up of some passengers revealed that they did not die of explosion but due to drowning in the sea.They were sitting in the part of the plane where they survived the blast. Ripudaman Malik was allegedly associated with the terrorist organization Babbar Khalsa responsible for several terrorist incidents in Punjab and was also a close associate of the alleged mastermind of Air India bombing Talwinder Singh Parmar. The Babbar Khalsa, an international terrorist organization, is banned by many countries including the US, Canada and India.

Ripudaman Singh had praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the month of January 2022. He expressed his gratitude by writing a letter for the steps taken by the Modi government for the Sikh community. In 2005, Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri were acquitted of the charges of mass murder and conspiracy.

Malik spent four years in prison before his acquittal and later demanded US$9.2 million in legal fees, however, a British Columbia judge rejected his claims for compensation.Let us tell you that the terrorist bombing of Air India Flight 182 is the biggest terrorist attack ever on Canada. Most of the victims were Canadians, and the plot was planned in Canada.

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