As Canada holds silence for Nijjar, India makes noise about Kanishka bombing


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The killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian national, is proving to be a bone of contention between Canada and India. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged that Indian government agents may have been involved in the killing, but India strongly denied any role in it

Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar was brazenly shot dead outside a Sikh Gurudwara in Surrey, B.C. on June 18, 2023.  The first anniversary of the death of  Hardeep Singh Nijjar was marked by the Canadian Parliament holding a moment of silence in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Just after the Canadian Parliament ‘honored’ a Khalistani activist, the Indian Consulate in Vancouver reminded the world of the bombing of Air India flight 182 (Kanishka) in which 329 people, including 86 children, were killed.

“India stands at the forefront of countering the menace of terrorism and works closely with all nations to tackle this global threat. 23 June 2024 marks the 39th Anniversary of the cowardly terrorist bombing of Air India flight 182 (Kanishka), in which 329 innocent victims, including 86 children, lost their lives in one of the most heinous terror-related air disasters in the history of civil aviation,” the Indian Consulate General posted on X (previously Twitter).

The Montreal-New Delhi Air India ‘Kanishka’ Flight 182 exploded 45 minutes before it was to have landed at London’s Heathrow Airport, killing all 329 people on board, most of them Canadians of Indian descent. The bombing was blamed on Sikh militants in retaliation to ‘Operation Bluestar’ to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984.

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