2 men arrested for killing Ripudaman Singh Malik, says Canadian Police | World News

Two people have been arrested in connection with the July 14 murder of controversial Sikh community leader Ripudaman Singh Malik, the Canadian Police’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team or IHIT said in a statement. Singh, a former terror suspect and founder of Khalsa Credit Union, was killed in the city of Surrey, British Columbia, in what was then described by police as a targeted murder.

The two men, arrested on charges of first-degree murder, were identified by police as Tanner Fox, 21, and Jose Lopez, 23.

According to Canadian media, they both have criminal records, but there is no known connection to a gang.

Malik was once accused of playing a role in the June 1985 bombing of the Air India flight Kanishka by Khalistani terrorists that killed 329 people, which is believed to be the deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history.

Malik, a wealthy businessman, was acquitted of all charges in the case in March 2005.

Investigators have not disclosed the possible motive for the crime. He also traveled to India in 2019, and then earlier this summer. He also denied the Khalistan movement.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Chief Inspector Mandeep Mooker said, “I think this will be part of our ongoing duties here,” the Vancouver Sun outlet said.

He added: “It’s very difficult 13 days because sometimes these studies take years to develop – and that’s why in these early stages – the quick response from all of our teams that came together was a great job identifying these individuals and to accuse them.”

IHIT partnered with New Westminster Police and Abbotsford Police, where Lopez and Fox were arrested, respectively.

The “case was complex with its own unique challenges,” Mooker said, according to the IHIT release.

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