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Nijjar Killing Row: Canada's Intelligence Head Visited India Twice This Year, Here's What Happened Then

Nishtha Anushree

Jun 09, 2024, 01:11 PM | Updated 01:11 PM IST

David Vigneault
David Vigneault

Investigation into Hardeep Singh Nijjar's murder case has prompted the chief of Canada’s intelligence agency to make two unannounced visits to India in the first quarter of this year, as per Hindustan Times.

Khalistani terrorist Nijjar was shot dead on 18 June last year in British Columbia's Surrey and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later alleged the involvement of Indian agencies in it.

Since then, four Indian nationals have been arrested by Canadian authorities this year as they suspect Indian authorities had given a contract to kill Nijjar.

However, Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) director David Vigneault's visit to New Delhi was in February and March, before these arrests.

As per sources, Vigneault provided information collected by Canadian authorities to Indian interlocutors. This includes phone numbers and intercepts of communications using encrypted messaging app.

A major part of this information was provided to Canada by its Five Eyes partner US. However, India has been claiming that no evidence has been shared by Canada in the Nijjar case.

Meanwhile, Canada officially confirmed the visit of Vigneault to India but refused to "comment on the nature or substance of closed-door meetings."

Earlier, Vigneault and then National Security Intelligence Advisor, Jody Thomas, had travelled to India in July and August 2023, weeks after Nijjar's killing, as per CSIS’ 2023 Public Report.

Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.

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