RCMP says it continues to investigate 1985 bombing of Air India plane
Ottawa: Three decades on, the RCMP says its investigation into the Air India bombing, the worst terrorist act in Canadian history, remains “active and ongoing.’’ On June 23, 1985, an explosion ripped apart Air India Flight 182 en route to New Delhi, killing all 329 people aboard, most of them Canadians of Indian descent. Authorities believe Sikh extremists fighting for an independent homeland sabotaged the Boeing 747, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ireland. A federal commission of inquiry would conclude that a “cascading series of errors’’ by police, intelligence officers and air safety regulators allowed the attack to take place. The complex investiga- tion of the crime was hampered by difficulty raising the wreckage from the ocean floor, agency turf wars and challenges persuading witnesses to come forward. Talwinder Singh Parmar, a prime suspect, died in 1992. In 2003, Inderjit Singh Reyat pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Two years later a British Columbia judge found Ajaib Singh Bagri and Ripudaman Singh Malik not guilty.