RCMP says it con­tin­ues to in­ves­ti­gate 1985 bomb­ing of Air In­dia plane

Asian Journal - - Nation -

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.

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