New Delhi. Slain Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was a listed terrorist in India, had a long association with crime. He is said to have been involved in crime since the 1980s and had ties to local gangsters from a young age. This was revealed in a dossier prepared by Indian officials. According to the dossier, Nijjar fled to Canada in 1996 on a fake passport and held a low-profile job as a truck driver there. He went to Pakistan for weapons and explosives training. He also allegedly ordered multiple killings and attacks in Punjab while taking refuge on Canadian soil.
The dossier states that Hardeep Singh Nijjar Gurnek Singh alias Neka, a resident of Bhar Singh Pur village in Jalandhar, Punjab, started life as a gangster. In the 1980s and 90s, he was associated with Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) terrorists and later from 2012 he was closely associated with Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) chief Jagtar Singh Tara. Nijjar fled to Canada in 1996 after being named in several terrorist cases.
Money earned by arms smuggling
He later reportedly came in contact with Pakistan-based KTF chief Jagtar Singh Tara. The dossier states that he went to Pakistan in April 2012 posing as a member of the Baisakhi group and underwent weapons and explosives training there for a fortnight. After returning to Canada, he allegedly began arranging funds for terrorist activities through his associates involved in drug and arms smuggling into Canada.
Dera Sacha Sauda has also planned attacks
The dossier claims that Nijjar, along with Jagtar Singh Tara, planned a terror attack in Punjab and formed a gang in Canada, including Mandeep Singh Dhaliwal, Sarabjit Singh, Anupbir Singh and Darshan Singh alias Fauji. The dossier said that in 2014, Nijjar planned a terror attack on the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa, Haryana, but could not reach India, so he transferred his module to Punjab-based former DGP Mohammad Izhar Alam. Shiv Sena Leader Nishant Sharma and Baba Man Singh ordered to target the Pehowas.
Involved in many murders
The dossier states that Nijjar also worked with Moga-based Punjabi gangster Arshdeep Singh Gill alias Arsh Dala to carry out terrorist activities in Punjab. He allegedly assigned Arshdeep the responsibility for the 2020 double murder of father-son Manohar Lal Arora and Jatindarbir Singh Arora, accused of ‘anti-communal activities’. In the attack, Manohar Lal was shot dead at his residence in Bathinda on November 20, 2020, but his son was absconding. He sent money from Canada for the murder.
A terrorist network was building in Punjab
In 2021, Nijjar allegedly asked Arshdeep to kill the priest of Bhar Singh Pura village (Nijjar’s birthplace). But the priest survived. In this manner, Nijjar allegedly created a terror network in Punjab from behind the scenes in Canada.
After the murder, Canada-India relations cracked
Nijjar was shot dead outside a gurudwara in a parking lot in British Columbia, Canada on June 18. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has doubled down on his explosive allegations that ‘agents of the Indian government’ were behind the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijja, claiming that a ‘credible allegation’ was shared with India weeks ago.