Canada: Air India bombing accused shot dead in British Columbia

Surrey (Canada): Ripudaman Singh Malik, one of the accused in the terrorist bombing of an Air India flight in 1985, has been shot dead in Surrey in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Malik was shot and killed in Surrey on Thursday morning (local time) while on his way to work. Ripudaman Singh Malik was acquitted in the 1985 Air India (Air India Flight 182 ‘Kanishka’) terrorist bombing.

Confirming the news, Malik’s brother-in-law Jaspal Singh told news agency ANI, “We are not aware of who killed Ripudaman. His younger sister is going to Canada.”

Malik was one of the persons who was accused of playing a key role in the bombing of Air India Flight 182 Kanishka. Around 329 people were killed in the bombing.

On June 23, 1985, a bomb exploded on Air India Flight 182 Kanisha. The flight had taken off from Canada. The bomb exploded when the aircraft was near the coast of Ireland, killing 329 passengers and crew. This included more than 280 Canadian citizens, including 29 entire families and 86 children under the age of 12.

Ripudaman Malik was allegedly associated with the terrorist organization Babbar Khalsa, wwhich was responsible for several terrorist incidents in Punjab and was also a close associate of the alleged mastermind of Air India bombing Talwinder Singh Parmar. The Babbar Khalsa, an international terrorist organization, is banned by many countries including the US, Canada and India.

Malik and his co-accused Ajaib Singh Bagri were acquitted of the charges of mass murder and conspiracy in 2005. Malik spent four years in prison before his acquittal and later demanded US$9.2 million in legal fees. However, a British Columbia judge rejected his claims for compensation.

The terrorist bombing of Air India Flight 182 is the biggest terrorist attack ever on Canada. Most of the victims were Canadians, and the plot was planned in Canada.

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