The man accused of the worst attack in Canada’s history was killed and later acquitted

Ribudaman Singh Malik is a 75-year-old Indian who was accused in newspapers around the world and later acquitted of the worst terrorist attack in Canadian history, in 1985 (the attack did not happen in Canada but on a plane, but 280 Canadians died). Malik was on Thursday were killed In Surrey, a city in the Canadian province of British Columbia, police believe it was a targeted attack, carried out with the specific intention of killing him later. He was killed in a car outside the city’s industrial area around 9.30am.

Although Malik lived in Canada, he was a very influential and wealthy businessman in India. He was the founder of a bank, the Khalsa Credit Union, and the head of a network of “Khalsa” schools: institutions that served almost exclusively the British Columbia community of Sikhism, the most widespread Indian cult in Canada. , where almost 500 thousand believers live (also called “Khalsa”).

Malik was accused of being one of the masterminds behind a major terrorist attack on an Air India flight in June 1985. The flight took off from Montreal (in Canada) and stopped at London’s Heathrow Airport for its final destination of Mumbai (in India). A bomb exploded while the plane was off the coast of Ireland, killing 329 people, including 86 children.

The massacre is remembered as the worst massacre in Canadian history. A second bomb in a suitcase detonated before it was loaded onto another Air India flight at Japan’s Narita Airport in Tokyo, killing two baggage handlers. According to reconstructions of the time, the two attacks were connected.

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The prosecution alleged that the attack was carried out by Sikh militants living in British Columbia in retaliation for the so-called Operation Blue Star in June 1984. Head of the Golden Temple, the largest holiest temple for Sikhs in the Indian state of Punjab.

Malik was part of the Indian separatist and revolutionary movements that wanted to create a divided nation for the Sikhs through armed struggle: for this reason he was considered a suspect in the Air India attack. He was acquitted in 2005 after two key witnesses were found to be unreliable. Malik later sought large compensation from the Canadian government, despite a lack of evidence, and public pressure continued to level the allegations against him over the years. However, he did not get any compensation.

There are still no theories as to who killed him.

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