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Ripudaman Singh Malik’s son hopes father’s killing is not related to 1985 Kanishka bombing case, Canada calls it ‘targeted shooting’

Ripudaman Singh Malik’s son hopes father’s killing is not related to 1985 Kanishka bombing case, Canada calls it ‘targeted shooting’

Police said shortly after the attack a vehicle believed to be used in the shooting was found engulfed in fire

Ripudaman Singh Malik, a Canadian Sikh businessman acquitted in connection with the 1985 Air India bombing that killed 329 people, was shot dead in British Columbia on Thursday.

Canadian authorities said that Malik’s killing was a “possible targeted shooting”.

Police had not initially released his identity, but confirmed it after Malik’s son, Jaspreet Malik, reported his father’s slaying in a statement on the social media.

“The media will always refer to him as someone charged with the Air India bombing,” the son wrote on Facebook. “The media and RCMP never seemed to accept the court’s decision and I pray today’s tragedy is not related.”

 A witness who works a car wash in Surrey said he heard shots Thursday morning and ran outside to find Malik unconscious in his car.

In a statement, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said: “We are aware of Mr Malik’s background, though at this time we are still working to determine the motive. We can confirm that the shooting appears to be targeted and there is not believed to be any further risk to the public.”    

Sgt. Timothy Pierotti said that because the shooting took place in a residential area, police were confident witnesses would be able to help solve the crime.

Police said shortly after the attack that a vehicle believed to be used in the shooting was found engulfed in fire a few blocks away.

Deepak Khandelwal of Oakville, Ontario, said the shooting “just brings back all the horrible memories we’d had to go through for the last 37 years.’    

He was 17 when his sisters, 21-year-old Chandra and 19-year-old Manju, were killed on Flight 182.

“It’s like a nightmare that never stops giving,” he said. With inputs from PTI

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