A senior Home Ministry official told NDTV, “We have repeatedly shared data with Canadian authorities about terrorist activities going on there, but they never paid attention to it.”
India issued RCN against Nijjar in November 2014
According to him, India has been chasing Hardeep Singh Nijjar for the last decade. India had also issued an Interpol Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him in November 2014. He informed that, “Nijjar has more than a dozen criminal cases against him in India for murder and other terrorist activities. Details of these cases were shared with Canadian authorities but no action was taken. Despite the RCN, Canadian authorities have arrested him No action was taken except putting it on the no-fly list.
NDTV has obtained the dossier related to Nijjar which was handed over to Canada by Indian authorities. According to the dossier, Nijjar had arrived in Canada in 1997 using a fake passport under the alias ‘Ravi Sharma’. He had applied for asylum in Canada, claiming that he feared persecution in India because he belonged to a “particular social group, i.e. persons associated with Sikh extremism”.
Nijjar had entered into a ‘marriage’ agreement with a woman.
However, on the basis of this fabricated story, his demand for asylum was rejected. “Just 11 days after his claim was rejected, he entered into a ‘marriage’ agreement with a woman who had sponsored his immigration,” a senior official revealed. The application was rejected by immigration officials in Canada. Because the said woman had also arrived in Canada in 1997 on the sponsorship of a different husband.
According to the official, Nijjar appealed the rejection in Canadian courts, although he continued to claim to be a Canadian citizen. He said, “Nijjar was later granted Canadian citizenship, the circumstances of which are not clear.”
Acquired Canadian citizenship by entering Gurudwara politics
However, intelligence agencies claim that to save himself from the RCN and prevent his extradition, Nijjar entered Gurdwara politics in Canada and acquired Canadian citizenship.
An official said, “Nijjar forcibly became the Gurdwara president in 2021 after fighting and threatening his cousin, former Gurudwara president Raghbir Singh Nijjar. Nijjar assumed the role of ‘Operation Chief’ of the Khalistan Tiger Force.”
Nijjar was the chief of the Canadian chapter of the terrorist organization.
NIA registered several cases against Nijjar, including RCN for setting up a module in Canada linked to Mandeep Singh Dhaliwal. Nijjar was also associated with the Canada chapter of the banned terrorist organization Sikhs for Justice as its chief.
“He organized violent anti-India protests in Canada several times and openly threatened Indian diplomats,” an official revealed. He also sought to ban Indian embassy officials from participating in various events organized by local gurudwaras in Canada. Also called for.”