Canadian Sikh Community Leader killed

Ripudaman Singh Malik (above).CHARDIKALA TV SCREEN SHOT

Ripudaman Singh Malik, 75, Sikh community leader who was acquitted in the 1985 Air India bombing, was shot dead in Surrey, British Columbia. He devoted his life to serving the community, helping found the Sikh-faith Khalsa schools and the Khalsa Credit Union says his son Jaspreet Singh.

According to well known journalist Gurpreet Singh says that he was told by a local activist to stop criticising him in the media after he was acquitted. But his alleged connection to the Air India bombing stayed with him. Malik was also a controversial political leader in the community. He was at odds with Khalistan supporters and also with the supporters of the farm workers movement in India.

“Common sense demands that we let police investigators look into all the possible angles behind his murder rather than making assumptions based on our own perceptions, says Gurpreet Singh. “Let no one take advantage of this high-profile killing and make a false hero out of someone so controversial,” he says.

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