New Delhi: Sukhdool Singh, also known as Sukha Duneke, a member of the Davinder Bambiha gang from Moga district, Punjab, has been killed in Winnipeg Canada on Wednesday nigh, reports said on Thursday.
Winnipeg Police have confirmed the incident of shooting in the area of Aldgate Road on September 18.
In a statement posted on X the Winnipeg Police said “On September 18, 2023, at approximately 6:20 p.m., General Patrol officers responded to the report of a shooting incident in the area of Aldgate Road and Gobert Crescent. The Major Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation.”
Sukha Duneke was categorised as a high-profile gangster from Moga, Punjab, who had escaped to Canada using a fake passport in 2017, as per reports.
He had close ties with Arshdeep Dalla and was among the 43 gangsters with links to Khalistan and Canada listed by the anti-terrorism agency NIA in a recent release.
Duneke’s killing has occurred against the backdrop of a significant diplomatic dispute between India and Canada.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau informed the House of Commons that his government had “credible allegations” linking Indian government agents to the assassination of Nijjar on Canadian soil in June.
In response to Trudeau’s accusations, both India and Canada have expelled a senior diplomat from each other’s countries. India denied the allegations, labeling them as “absurd” and “motivated.”
Nijjar, aged 45, was the leader of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). He was assassinated outside a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18. Nijjar had Rs10 lakh cash reward on his head.
Recent developments have led to India issuing a travel advisory for its citizens in Canada, following Canada’s own advisory update for India. India’s advisory raised concerns about the increasing anti-India activities and “politically condoned hate crimes” in Canada, urging Indian nationals in Canada and those planning to travel there to exercise caution.
The Canadian government, however, rejected India’s travel advisory, asserting that Canada is one of the safest countries in the world.
In the midst of this diplomatic standoff, the Punjab Police has initiated a statewide crackdown on associates of gangster Goldy Brar, who is accused of the murder of singer Sidhu Moosewala.