Hardeep Singh Nijjar was planning terror attacks at RSS gatherings in India including Punjab

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Hardeep Singh Nijjar

The latest FIR could be the first step towards his extradition as per India-Canada extradition treaty

The Hush Post: Hardeep Singh Nijjar was “conspiring and planning to carry out terror attack in India. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) which filed an FIR against Canada-based Khalistani sympathiser Nijjar for the same, last week, could help in his extradition.

Nijjar is accused of “conspiring major terrorist attack in India,” the National Investigation Agency said.

As per a report in The Quint, the agency says, Nijjar’s associates surveyed RSS gatherings at “certain places, including Punjab with an intention of “targeting and striking terror among a section of people in the country.”

A senior official said that the probe is also looking into Nijjar’s role in the killing of RSS workers in Punjab as per a report in India Today.

“He (Nijjar) intends to execute the attack at a time and place where there is a large gathering, so that there are maximum casualties,” the FIR says.

Notably, in February 2018, when the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to India, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh gave him a list of names of Khalistani movement sympathisers. This list includes Nijjar’s name who is accused of financing various terror modules in India.

The Centre, in an FIR filed in 2016, accused Nijjar of “promoting disharmony between different groups” and “reviving terrorism in the state of Punjab.” Nijjar is accused of being a part of Khalistan Tiger Force and is wanted in Ludhiana’s Shingar Cinema blast case which killed six people and injured 32 others.

Last month, Canadian Police had detained Nijjar, but he was released in 24 hours. Months after the terror strike on Pathankot, intelligence agencies had intimated the Canadian authorities that Nijjar was running terror camps in Surrey, Canada.

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