Chandigarh, July 15
Ripudaman Singh Malik, who was the main accused in the 1985 Air India Kanishka bombing and later acquitted, was shot dead outside his business office in Surrey near Vancouver today.
- 329 people were killed in the explosion of the Air India Flight 182 Kanishka on June 23, 1985 near the Irish coastline. The flight was operating on Montreal-London-Delhi-Mumbai route.
- Ripudaman Singh Malik was among the main suspects to have been a part of the bombing. He allegedly funded the act.
- Malik was acquitted of the charges of his involvement in the bombing in 2005. Another accused, Ajaib Singh Bagri, was also acquitted.
- The only person convicted was Inderjit Singh Reyat, a dual British-Canadian national, who was a member of the International Sikh Youth Federation.
- Malik visited India in December 2019 after his name was removed from the blacklist of 312 Sikhs living abroad in September 2019.
- Malik praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare December 26 as Veer Baal Divas marking the martyrdom of the sons of Guru Gobind Singh in a letter written on January 17, earlier this year.
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