PTC News Desk: The Surrey detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested two 16-year-olds in relation to an investigation over shooting at the residence of Simranjeet Singh, an associate of the Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
In an official press release, police stated that the two youths arrested for careless use of a firearm and discharge of a firearm after searching a home in the 7700 block of 140th St.
The official statement by RCMP says, “In the hours following the early morning shooting on Feb 1, a spokesperson for the BC Gurdwaras Council suggested homeowner Simranjeet Singh's connection to slain activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar might have played a part in the shooting.”
Two 16 year-old boys have been arrested in connection with a a shots fired incident at a residence in South Surrey on Feb 1. Our Serious Crime Unit executed a search warrant on Feb 6 & seized 3 firearms as well as multiple electronic devices. News release: https://t.co/mEqDHmZUto pic.twitter.com/2BUAZS5Eap— Surrey RCMP (@SurreyRCMP) February 8, 2024
The shooting at the residence of Simranjeet Singh, an associate of the Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar came nearly after nine months after the killing of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar last year, who was fatally shot on June 18 in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Canadian suburb Surrey.
Though the teens have been arrested but the police is yet to determine the motive behind the shooting. The police stated that they will will examine the contents of the devices and test the firearms to determine what lay behind the shooting at Simranjeet Singh's home.
Investigation is underway but investigators continue to gather information, obtain witness statements and collect evidence to advance the investigation and determine the motive of this shooting.
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In recent months, diplomatic relations between India and Canada strained, primarily due to Canada's allegations linking Indian agents in killing of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia last year. Despite Canada making these allegations, India has firmly rejected the accusations. Subsequently, the relationship between India and Canada became tense.