NEW DELHI: Rather than take action, Canadian authorities put terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on ‘no-fly list’ in 2017-18, after New Delhi shared with them details of over a dozen criminal cases of murder and other terror activities against him in India, as per a dossier on Nijjar compiled by the intelligence establishment here. This, when an Interpol red corner notice had been issued against him in November 2014.
The dossier reviewed by TOI states that Nijjar ventured into gurdwara politics in Canada and acquired Canadian citizenship to “protect himself from the RCN and to prevent his extradition to India”. He is said to have forcefully become president of the gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia in 2021, by fighting and threatening his cousin and then gurdwara president Raghbir Singh Nijjar.
Nijjar used his religious identity to turn the gurdwara into a centre of Khalistani activities. Nijjar came in touch with Babbar Khalsa International terrorist and later Khalistan Tiger Force chief Jagtar Singh Tara during his visit to Pakistan in 2012.
Nijjar started arranging funds for terror activities in India through drugs and arms smuggling in Canada. In 2014, he had planned a terror strike on Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa, Haryana, on Tara’s directions. However, it did not materialise as Nijjar was denied an Indian visa. After Tara’s deportation to India in 2015, Nijjar assumed the role of KTF ‘Operations Chief’.

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