Questions mount about security precautions for Nijjar after India's government linked to killing
Ever since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his bombshell allegation that Canada has "credible intelligence" linking agents of the Indian government to the killing of aCanadian citizen on Canadiansoil, questions have been gathering about what, if any, protections were offered to Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
The Sikh leader was shot dead outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, B.C., on June 18 and reportedly had been warned by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service that he was at risk.
Nijjar, a supporter of a Sikh homeland in the form of an independent Khalistani state, had been branded a "terrorist" by the Indian government and accused of leading a militant separatist group something his supporters have denied.
According to reporting by Global News, Nijjar's friends said CSIS had told him it had information that he was "under threat from professional assassins."
Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlancdeferred questions about personal protection arrangementsto the RCMP.
"The individual decisions by law enforcement agencies around who receives police protection are made by police officials, not by ministers," he told reporters after leaving a cabinet meeting Tuesday.