Sunday, July 17, 2022

Canada Cops Seek Public's Help In 1987 Air India Bombing Suspect Murder Case

Toronto: Canada's top homicide unit has released a footage showing a white car that it says was linked to the targeted killing of Ripudaman Singh Malik, the Sikh man acquitted in the tragic 1985 Air India Kanishka terrorist bombing case.

They urged the public not to jump to conclusions over the motive as it investigates the complex high-profile case.

Ripudaman Singh Malik, 75, was shot dead in Surrey, British Columbia on Thursday. Malik and co-accused Ajaib Singh Bagri were acquitted in 2005 of mass murder and conspiracy charges related to the two bombings in 1985 that killed 331 people.

Homicide investigators are now trying to figure out who killed the controversial community leader, one-time terror suspect, wealthy businessman and founder of both the Khalsa Credit Union and Khalsa Schools.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) released a video Friday of a white Honda CRV driving through the parking area of the complex where Papillon Eastern Imports, which Ripudaman Singh Malik founded as a Gastown store in the early 1970s, is based, Toronto Sun newspaper reported.

There appears to be more than one person inside, it said.

The IHIT's Sergeant David Lee said the Compact Recreational Vehicle (CRV), which was later found burning at 122A Street and 82nd Avenue, was linked to Malik's targeted slaying.

"A review of CCTV determined that this CRV arrived...a short time before the shooting and waited for Mr Malik," Mr Lee said.

Anyone nearby who witnessed anything or has dash-cam footage taken between 7 am and 9 am is asked to contact investigators, he said.

Police have not yet determined a motive in the case and Lee urged the public not to jump to conclusions, saying IHIT has "a number of investigative avenues available to us."

"We understand this is a high-profile international story. However, we urge (people) not to speculate as to the motive as our homicide investigators will be following the evidence," Mr Lee said.

Ripudaman Singh Malik was acquitted of murder and conspiracy charges in the Kanishka bombing case in March 2005.

16/07/22 NDTV

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