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Activists for the creation of Khalistan demonstrate in front of the Indian consulate in Toronto, September 25, 2023.

Agence France-Presse

A bullet hole was found in the home of a Sikh separatist activist in Peel Region, Ontario, local police said Monday, less than x27;one year after the assassination in Canada of a Sikh leader blamed by Ottawa on Indian intelligence.

The home in question belongs to Inderjit Singh Gosal, a close friend of Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a Sikh separatist leader who lives in New York and was recently the subject of of an assassination plan foiled by the American authorities.

His house, currently under construction, was unoccupied, and no victims were reported, Peel police said. It was construction workers who alerted the police after discovering a bullet hole in the window of the house, Tyler Bell-Morena, police media relations officer, told AFP.

The impact was discovered after Mr. Gosal announced a pro-Khalistan rally on February 17 in front of the Indian consulate in Toronto.< /p>

Sikhism is a minority religion originating in northern India and the Sikh separatist movement aspires to the creation of Khalistan, an independent Sikh state in the north of the country.

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We know who this person is and what their links are, but it is still too early to speculate on possible connections between this event and previous episodes of violence, said the police official.

But we are investigating well sure with all these avenues in mind, he added.

This discovery revives fears of a campaign of intimidation against these separatists.

At the beginning of February, the home Another Sikh activist, Simranjeet Singh, was shot at. Two teenagers were arrested for discharging a firearm, but police have not yet determined their motive.

In September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau publicly incriminated Indian intelligence services in the murder of a Canadian Sikh separatist leader.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot dead in June by two masked men in the parking lot of the Sikh temple he led in Surrey, British Columbia. He died of his injuries on the spot.

Accusations immediately described as absurd by New Delhi. A month later, Ottawa was forced to repatriate 41 diplomats based in India after New Delhi threatened to withdraw their diplomatic immunity.

American justice announced in November that it was prosecuting an Indian national, accusing him of having sponsored, at the instigation of a New Delhi agent, a plan to assassinate Mr. Pannun, a lawyer founder of the American organization Sikhs For Justice (SFJ).

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