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The son of a man who was accused in the Air India bombing of 1985 has been officially warned by the RCMP that his life could be under threat, CBC News has learned.

Hardeep Malik, a businessman in Surrey, B.C., is the son of Ripudaman Singh Malik, who was acquitted in 2005 of mass murder and conspiracy charges related to a pair of bombings in 1985 that killed 331 people.

Singh Malik was gunned down outside his office in Surrey on July 14, 2022. Two men have since been charged in his murder.

CBC News has learned RCMP investigators have been probing whether the government of India was behind the killing of the wealthy and controversial businessman. They believe India's government was involved in last year's targeted killing of prominent Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

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The reported threat against Hardeep Malik could support the theory that the Indian government's alleged campaign of assassination in Canada did not begin with Nijjar's killing on June 18, 2023.

CBC News has seen evidence that suggests an Indian diplomat was in close contact with Ripudaman Singh Malik by phone and text in the hours leading up to his shooting — as reported in March in the Fifth Estate documentary Contract to Kill.

Some suspected he was the target of internecine feuds between current and former Sikh separatists, or the victim of a business dispute, because he had already made peace with the government of India a few years earlier.

The Air India bombing — for which only one person was ever convicted — was the culmination of years of violence involving Sikh militants that began in the late 1970s and escalated when the Indian Army stormed Sikhism's holiest shrine, the Golden Temple.

The same process would be made available to Ripudaman Singh Malik, and the Indian consular official who would guide him through it was a fellow Sikh with a long career in India's diplomatic service.

The Washington Post recently named Goel as someone U.S. intelligence agencies focused on in their investigation of the Indian government's alleged plot to kill Nijjar associate and U.S.-Canadian citizen Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.


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