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Canadian police warn son of 1985 AI attack suspect about possible threat to his life

Canadian police have warned the son of Ripudaman Singh Malik, one of the main accused in the 1985 Air India Flight 182 bombing, that his life may be in danger, according to a media report.

A report mentions that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has issued a “Duty to Warn” letter to Hardeep Singh Malik.

Malik was killed in a mob-style “targeted” homicide on July 14, 2022 in Surrey, British Columbia. Malik was accused of the attack on Air India flight Kanishka by Khalistani terrorists, which claimed 329 lives. He was acquitted of all charges.

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CBC News reported Wednesday that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had issued a “Duty to Warn” letter to his son Hardeep Singh Malik, citing a potential threat to his life. The outlet also claimed that police may be investigating a possible Indian role in Malik’s murder, linking it to calls and messages he had received from an Indian official on the eve and morning of the incident.

However, Indian officials said at the time that Malik had resigned from the Khalistan movement and published an open letter praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2022, angering hardline separatists. Malik had also been granted a visa to travel to India in 2019 and had been in Punjab weeks before his death. In fact, he had a dispute at the time with pro-Khalistan figure Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was murdered in Surrey on June 18 last year.

Speaking to Hindustan Times at the time, Nijjar had denied any such role and said he had “no problem” with Malik.

On July 17, 2022, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) arrested two people in connection with the murder. They were identified as Tanner Fox, 21, and Jose Lopez, 23, and charged with first-degree murder for the killing.

By that time, the Surrey RCMP detachment had confirmed that Malik was the victim of what was apparently a targeted killing.

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