The diplomatic tensions between India and Canada surrounding the murder of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar have taken a new turn with reports of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents meeting with Sikh activists in the United States and cautioning them about potential threats to their lives.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the head of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), was killed on June 18th outside a gurdwara in Sarai, British Columbia, Canada, by unidentified assailants. His murder triggered shockwaves among Khalistani sympathizers. Recently, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of involvement in Nijjar’s killing, further escalating the dispute between the two nations. India, however, categorically dismissed Canada’s allegations as “baseless” and “motivated.”
Confirmation from Three Individuals
Preetpal Singh, coordinator of the American Sikh Caucus Committee, revealed that FBI agents met him and two other Sikh Americans in the aftermath of Nijjar’s killing. Singh stated, “At the end of June, two special agents from the FBI came to meet me, and they informed me that they had received information that my life could be in danger.” He mentioned that the FBI agents did not disclose the source of the threat but advised him to remain cautious.
Two other Sikh Americans also corroborated the fact that FBI agents met with them during the same period when they met Preetpal Singh. However, as of now, federal agencies have not made any official comments regarding this development.
Prior Caution to Nijjar
Moninder Singh, spokesperson for the British Columbia Gurdwara Council, stated that Canadian intelligence officials had cautioned Khalistani elements of potential threats to their lives before Nijjar’s murder. Singh mentioned that authorities had warned them about the danger to their lives without specifying the source of the threat.
Sukhman Dhaliwal, co-director of the California-based non-governmental organization ‘Insaaf,’ also confirmed this information.
These revelations add a new dimension to the ongoing India-Canada diplomatic row, which began with the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar and Canada’s subsequent accusations against India.