Man Acquitted Of Bombing 1985 Air India Flight Shot Dead In Canada
An acquitted suspect in the 1985 Air India bombings that killed 331 people on board a flight and two baggage handlers on June 23, 1985. at Narita airport was shot dead Thursday in an apparent targeted shooting in westernmost Canada, local media reported.
Jaspreet Malik confirmed the death of his father, Ripudaman Singh Malik, in a statement on social media.
“The media will always refer to him as someone charged with the Air India bombing,” the son wrote on Facebook.
“The media and RCMP never seemed to accept the court’s decision and I pray today’s tragedy is not related.”
A witness who works a car wash in Surrey, British Columbia, said he heard shots and ran outside to find Malik unconscious in his car.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a news release that a man died in what appeared to be a targeted attack, but they did not identify the victim. Police said a vehicle believed to be used in the shooting was found engulfed in flames a few blocks away.
“The investigation is in the early stages and police are still looking for the suspects and a second vehicle that may have been used as a getaway vehicle,” police said in a statement.
In Malik’s trial, British Columbia Supreme Court heard that a suitcase bomb was loaded onto a plane at Vancouver’s airport and then transferred in Toronto to Air India Flight 182. The aircraft crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ireland, killing 329 passengers and crew.
About an hour later, a bomb destined for another Air India plane exploded prematurely at Tokyo’s Narita Airport, where two baggage handlers died.
Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only man convicted in the bombings, testified for the prosecution at Malik and Bagri’s trial and was later convicted of perjury.