Malkiat Singh Sidhu
On 25 May 1986, he was ambushed by four Canadian Sikhs who learned he was visiting the country on a private matter, and shot. Although he survived the assassination attempt, he was killed five years later at his home in India.
Sidhu entered Canada to attend his nephew's wedding; although his entrance was not noted by Canadian authorities, Sikh extremists learned of the trip through "the efficiency of the Sikh intelligence network". It was later determined that "clear information on the pending attempt on his life" had been given to Canadian authorities two days prior, but since the attack occurred over a weekend, the information was not passed on to its necessary agency until the following Monday.
While driving on an isolated gravel road near Gold River on Vancouver Island with three other people, Sidhu's car was forced to stop when another vehicle stopped in front of them. The occupants exited their vehicle and began smashing Sidhu's car with hammers, firing five .32-calibre bullets into the car, striking Sidhu in the arm and chest. Sidhu feigned death, and the men ran back to their vehicle.
Shortly afterward, Jasbir Singh Atwal, Jaspal Singh Atwal, Armajit Singh Dhindsa and Sukhdial Singh Gill were arrested at a police roadblock. In February 1987, all four men were convicted and sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment.
In September 1987, their cases were overturned when Michael Code, the same lawyer who had successfully defended the Sikhs accused of plotting to destroy Air India Flight 112 the year before, showed that the wiretap evidence against the four attackers had been obtained on a fraudulent warrant by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), who had provided a judge with faulty evidence from a source known to be untrustworthy. CSIS director Ted Finn resigned shortly after it was revealed that the CSIS affidavits were riddled with errors. However a government appeal upheld their convictions and sentences in June 1990.
Sidhu was one of five Indian politicians running for office who were killed in 1991, gunned down along with his bodyguard by militants on 27 April while walking from his house in Moga to visit a friend.
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