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Suspect in killing of temple leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar got student visa in days

British Columbia, Canada: One of the suspects accused of the shooting death of B.C. Sikh temple leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar reportedly entered Canada using a study permit, which he claimed to have obtained within days. In a promotional video posted online by EthicWorks Immigration Services in Bathinda, India, Karan Brar stated that he swiftly received his study visa after applying through the agency. He arrived in Canada three years prior to the incident, according to online posts. Despite being enrolled in an eight-month program at Bow Valley College in Calgary, questions arise as to why he remained in Canada for an extended period.

Brar, along with two other suspects, was arrested in Edmonton and appeared in court in Surrey, B.C., facing charges of murder and conspiracy in relation to Nijjar’s death. The victim was a prominent figure in the Khalistan movement, advocating for Punjab’s independence from India. Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau hinted at possible links to agents of the Indian government, although India has denied involvement. The RCMP disclosed ongoing investigations, including the suspected role of the Indian government.

The arrests prompted scrutiny of immigration policies amid concerns over the influx of foreign students. Minister Marc Miller acknowledged the potential abuse of the student visa system and announced measures to curb intake and impose restrictions on work permits. EthicWorks Immigration Services, linked to Brar’s visa application, highlighted Canada’s allure for international students but faced inquiries into its operations.

Directors of the company, Hirdepal Brar and Jashanpreet Sidhu, declined to disclose details of Brar’s application, citing privacy. Both are licensed with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants. The company’s former website emphasized its founders’ journey as international students turned immigrants, offering assistance through the visa and immigration process.

The arrests intensified tensions between Canada and India, coinciding with the release of an interim report on foreign interference in Canadian elections. Intelligence reports suggested Indian involvement, among other nations, in hostile activities. Director David Vigneault pressed for accountability from India regarding the alleged involvement in Nijjar’s murder.

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