During the recent Punjab elections, he also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsing him and praising the work he has done for the Sikh community. According to a report in the Canadian newspaper Vancouver Sun, police are also considering him as a cause of death.
Sikh leader Ripudaman Singh Malik has been shot dead in a sensational incident in Canada. Let me tell you that Ripudaman Singh’s name came up in the 1985 Air India bombing case. However, he was acquitted in the case after a 20-year trial. At around 9.30am on Thursday, when Ripudaman Singh Malik was about to get out of the car after reaching his office, the assailants shot and killed him. The assailants are said to have had guns in both hands. It is said that Ripudaman Singh Malik used to come to his office every morning to see the arrangements there but his arrival on Thursday proved to be final. According to local media reports, a car related to the murder of Ripudaman Singh Malik was also found burning near the spot.
Who was Ripudaman Singh Malik?
Ripudaman Singh Malik was a wealthy businessman who founded the Khalsa Credit Union and the Khalsa School. Talking about his personality, he was surrounded by many controversies. During the recent Punjab Assembly elections, he also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsing him and praising the work he has done for the Sikh community. According to a report in the Canadian newspaper Vancouver Sun, police are also considering him as a cause of death. Amid media speculation about the reasons behind Malik’s murder, it is also being said that he had recently published a holy edition of the Guru Granth Sahib, which angered the Sikh community in Canada. When the matter reached the Akal Takht, Ripudaman Singh Malik stopped printing and handed over all the copies to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Samiti. It is to be noted that Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the holy book of the Sikhs, is published all over the world only in the presses of Delhi and Amritsar, no one can publish it as he wishes.
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Apart from this, Ripudaman Singh Malik, a pro-Khalistan Sikh leader, later distanced himself from the ideology and advised Sikhs and Punjabis of Indian descent living in Canada to stay away from separatist forces. This is also believed to be one of the reasons for his murder. According to media reports, Ripudaman Singh Malik also has links with the terrorist organization Babbar Khalsa. This organization had carried out many terrorist incidents in Punjab. He was barred from entering India, but at the request of Sikh organizations, the Modi government granted him a single entry visa in 2020 and a multiple entry visa in 2022, which led him to make pilgrimages to several states in the country.
What was the incident of Kanishka?
As far as the airplane bombing is concerned, let me remind you that a bomb blast on an Air India plane on June 23, 1985 killed 329 people. This phenomenon is also known as Kanishka phenomenon. The bomb was then placed in a suitcase in a plane at Vancouver Airport, which was then delivered on Air India Flight 182 to Toronto. The plane crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ireland, killing 329 people. Following the hearing in the case, Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri were acquitted by the court in the March 2005 Air India bomb blast case.
“The media has always accused my father in the Air India plane blast case,” Ripudaman’s son Jaspreet Singh Malik wrote in a Facebook post. He was falsely accused and it was later proved that there was no evidence against him.
However, Canada’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said in a statement: “We are aware of Malik’s history, although we are still trying to determine the motive for the attack.” Can confirm that the shooting appears to be targeted and poses no risk. Malik had many enemies. He said that after years of investigation I can say that he was involved in various activities, which may have led to disagreements with many of his people.
-Neeraj Kumar Dubey