Report: 1985 Air India Bombing Suspect Ripudaman Sing Malik Killed in Canada


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The 1985 Air India bombings claimed the lives of at least 331 victims.


Local media reported that a suspect in the 1985 Air India bombings which killed 331 people was acquitted. He was apparently targeted to be shot in western Canada on Thursday.

Ripudaman Sing Malik was once a supporter of Sikh separatist Khalistan. He was, however, exonerated in 2005 in the Air India plot to murder.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police declined to confirm the identity of the victim, but stated that a man had been found “suffering gunshot wounds” at the scene and “succumbed from his injuries.”

Constable Sarbjit Singha stated, “This appears like a targeted shooting.” A vehicle believed to have been driven and parked by the shooters could be found just a few kilometers away.

She stated that after starting the fire, it is probable that the shooters fled from the scene in another vehicle, which police are still searching for.

Before the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, the Air India Flight 182 bombing off the coast of Ireland claimed the lives of 329 passengers and crew.

It happened as another bomb detonated at Japan’s Narita airport. Two workers were loading luggage onto an Air India plane when it happened.

The two suitcase bombs were later found in Vancouver, where there is a large Sikh immigrant community.

Inderjit Singh reyat is the only person who was convicted for plotting to bomb the city and lying at the trials for fellow militants (one of which was Malik).

In 2005, Malik and Ajaib Sing Bagri were acquitted. Prosecutors claimed that the verdict would have been different had Reyat told the truth.

After spending two decades behind bars, Reyat was released in 2016.

It was part of an Indian crackdown against Sikhs fighting to create an independent homeland. The attackers were apparently seeking revenge for Indian troops’ storming attack on the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

(Except for headline, this story is not edited by NDTV staff.


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