Ripudaman Singh acquitted in the Air India bombing case shot dead in Canada

Ripudaman Singh Malik, cleared in the 1985 terrorist explosion that murdered 329 people on board an Air India aircraft, was assassinated on Thursday in what Canadian officials believe was a deliberate killing. The victim, according to officials, was Ripudaman Singh Malik.

He, along with co-defendant Ajaib Singh Bagri was found not guilty in March 2005 of murder and conspiracy in connection with two Air India bombs on June 23, 1985, which resulted in the deaths of 331 persons. After Malik’s son, Jaspreet Malik, reported his father’s killing in a message on social media, police revealed the deceased’s identity.

The son said on Facebook that “the media would constantly refer to him as someone charged with the Air India bombing.” “I trust that today’s tragedy is unrelated to how the media and RCMP never appeared to accept the court’s ruling.”

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On Thursday morning, a witness who works at a car wash in Surrey said he heard gunfire and raced outside to find Malik unconscious in his vehicle.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team stated: “We are aware of Mr. Malik’s past, but at this point, we are still trying to ascertain the motivation. We can report that the shooting seemed to be targeted, and no more risks to the public are thought to exist.

According to Sgt. Timothy Pierotti, police were sure that witnesses would be able to assist them in solving the crime since the shooting occurred in a residential neighborhood.

A few streets away, a car thought to have been involved in the shooting was discovered wholly consumed in flames, according to police, immediately after the incident.

The British Columbia Supreme Court heard evidence in Malik’s trial that a suitcase bomb was carried into an aircraft at the Vancouver airport and then moved to Air India Flight 182 in Toronto. 329 passengers and crew members perished when the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ireland.

A bomb intended for another Air India jet blew up prematurely at Tokyo’s Narita Airport, killing two baggage handlers about an hour later.

The sole person found guilty in connection with the bombs, Inderjit Singh Reyat, testified on behalf of the prosecution during Malik and Bagri’s trial and was subsequently found guilty of perjury.

The incident, according to Deepak Khandelwal of Oakville, Ontario, “just brings back all the terrible experiences we’d had to go through for the previous 37 years.”

When Chandra, 21, and Manju, 19, were murdered on Flight 182, he was 17.