Ripudaman Singh Malik, who was acquitted in the 1985 Air India bombing case, was shot and died Thursday morning in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.
According to eyewitness reports cited by CBC News, three shots were fired and Malik was hit in the neck.
According to media reports, local police have confirmed that shots were fired around 9:30 a.m. local time and one man died as a result of his injuries.
Was Ripudaman Singh Malik from Punjab?
In India, Ripudaman Singh Malik was from Punjab. He is said to have belonged to the Babbar Khalsa, a terrorist organization responsible for several strikes in Punjab.
Malik first worked as a taxi driver in Canada after immigrating there in 1972. When Vancouver’s Khalsa Credit Union (KCU) had 16,000 members and more than $110 million in assets, he rose to become president.
He also held the position of President of the Satnam Education Society in British Columbia, Canada. He was responsible for directing the Khalsa Schools, which offered instruction in the Canadian curriculum, Punjabi and Sikh history.
In December 2019, Narendra Modi’s government agreed to remove his name from the “blacklist”, ending a 25-year absence from India.
The Indian government said in September 2019 that 312 Sikhs residing abroad had been removed from the 35-year-old’s blacklist.
How old was Ripudaman Singh Malik?
Ripudaman Singh Malik was 75 years old when he died. He was one of those accused of attacking Air India Flight 182 Kanishka in 1985.
Allegations of plotting and mass murder against Singh and his co-defendant Ajaib Singh Bagri were dropped in 2005.
He spent four years in prison before being found guilty. He later sought $9.2 million in legal fees, but a British Columbia judge denied his demands for payment.
Ripudaman Singh Malik wife & family
Raminder and Ripudaman Singh Malik were married. He and his wife had a total of five children, three of whom were sons: Jaspreet, Hardeep and Darshan.
After the Air India bombing in 1985, his family endured years of legal battles over the money used to pay his legal fees.
Indian Express reports that the government sought compensation from the family, claiming it intended to hide his wealth so that he would be eligible for legal aid before his terrorism trial began in 2003.
Ripudaman was acquitted of all charges of murder and conspiracy on March 16, 2005, but resisted government efforts to recover more than $5 million it borrowed to cover expenses for his defense team.
Ripudaman Singh Malik’s son Jaspreet Malik breaks out after a well-aimed shot
The loss of his father was confirmed by Jaspreet Malik in a post on social media.
He added that his father was committed to his family, which consisted of his wife, five children and eight grandchildren.
“The media will always identify him for the Air India bombing,” Jaspreet said.
I hope today’s tragedy has nothing to do with how the media and RCMP dealt with the court’s decision, he continued.