Ripudaman Singh, acquitted in 1985 Air India bombing case, shot dead in Canada

Ripudaman Singh Malik. [File Photo]

Ripudaman Singh Malik, who was acquitted in the 1985 Air India bombing case, was shot dead in Surrey in Canada’s British Columbia on Thursday morning, Canadian news outlets reported.

CBC News cited witness accounts to report that three shots were heard and Malik was hit in the neck. Media reports quoted the local police as confirming that shots were fired at around 9.30 am local time and that a man succumbed to injuries at the scene. They said it appeared to be a targeted shooting.

Malik, Inderjeet Singh Reyat and Ajaib Singh Bagri were among three main accused in the blast onboard Air India Flight 182, Emperor Kanishka, a Boeing 747 aircraft that was on its way to Delhi from Montreal on June 23, 1985, killing all 329 on board, Indian Express reported.

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