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Toronto, Jul 16 (PTI) Canada’s top homicide unit has released footage showing a white car it says was linked to the targeted killing of Ripudaman Singh Malik, the Sikh man in the tragic 1985 Air India Kanishk terrorist bombing case. was acquitted, and urged the public not to jump to conclusions on motive as it investigates the complex high-profile case.

Malik, 75, was shot and killed on Thursday in Surrey, British Columbia. Malik and co-accused Ajaib Singh Bagri were acquitted of conspiracy charges related to mass murder in 2005 and two bomb blasts in 1985 that killed 331 people.

Murder investigators are now trying to find out who killed the controversial community leader, once a terrorist suspect, a wealthy businessman and founder of both the Khalsa Credit Union and Khalsa School.

The Toronto Sun newspaper reported that the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) released a horrifying video on Friday of a white Honda CRV, driving through the parking area of ​​the campus where Papillon Eastern Imports, which Malik owned in the 1970s, was driving. Was established in the beginning of the year as Gastown Store based. ,

It appears that there is more than one person inside.

IHIT Sergeant David Lee said the Compact Recreational Vehicle (CRV), which was later found burning at 122A Street and 82nd Avenue, was linked to Malik’s targeted killing.

“The CCTV review determined that this CRV arrived shortly before shooting and was waiting for Mr. Malik,” Lee said.

Anyone nearby who has seen or has dash-cam footage taken between 7 and 9 a.m. is asked to contact investigators, he said.

Police have yet to determine a motive in the case and Lee urged the public not to jump to conclusions, saying that IHIT has “many investigative avenues available to us.” “We understand this is a high-profile international story. However, we urge (people) not to speculate about the motive as our homicide investigators will follow up with the evidence,” Lee said.

Malik was acquitted of murder and conspiracy charges in the Kanishk bomb blast case in March 2005.

“These are complex matters and I cannot say specifically how long it may take. It could be two weeks, two months or two years. We cannot say as the investigation is going on now.”

Postmedia, a Canadian media group, spoke to more than a dozen people who knew Malik or worked on the June 23, 1985, Air India bombing investigation.

No one believed that Malik’s murder, which they all described as shocking, had anything to do with a terrorist plot 37 years ago.

Retired Mount Doug Best, a principal investigator of the evidence against Malik in the Air India bombings, said on Friday that “this shocking news brought a flood of memories.” “Malik was a high-profile member of the Sikh community. While he had his supporters, he had his enemies. I can’t speculate on the motive for his murder.” Malik’s eldest son Jaspreet told reporters outside the family’s $6.8 million South Surrey home on Friday that his father had no security concerns and was able to continue his business. and were focused on the volunteer work they did for their community.

“My dad never told us anything about anybody, ever threatened him or anything like that.” Jasprit Malik was working in his law office when his wife called him with the news on Thursday.

“Yesterday was very surreal. I mean, it is very difficult to put into words,” said Jasprit Malik. “It felt like a dream the whole day, like unbelievable. You can’t even imagine anything like this ever happening in your life – you know, a family member getting shot. Forget about shooting your father.” He suspects that the murder had nothing to do with the Air India case.

“I don’t believe it to be true. I think there must be some other reason or motive, or something. I mean, I don’t know what that would be,” Jasprit said.

But he is confident that the police will get to the bottom of it. “I have faith in the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). I believe – they will find out who did it.” For now, he wants his father to be remembered for the love of his family – five children and eight grandchildren – and his service to his community.

“I think the important thing that people need to understand about my father is that he dedicated his life to service,” he said. “He devoted his life to giving back since the seventies.”

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