PTC Web Desk: The Surrey detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has apprehended two 16-year-olds in connection with a shooting incident at the residence of Simranjeet Singh, an associate of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
In an official press release, the RCMP announced the arrest of two youths on charges of careless use of a firearm and discharge of a firearm after conducting a search at a home in the 7700 block of 140th St. The police action followed the early morning shooting on February 1, and the BC Gurdwaras Council spokesperson had previously suggested that Simranjeet Singh's association with slain Sikh leader activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar may have played a role in the incident.
The shooting occurred nearly nine months after the fatal shooting of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18 in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey. Despite the arrests of the teenagers, the police have yet to determine the motive behind the shooting. The authorities will be examining electronic devices and testing the firearms seized during the operation to uncover the reasons behind the attack on Simranjeet Singh's residence.
The ongoing investigation involves gathering information, obtaining witness statements, and collecting evidence to ascertain the motive of the shooting. The strained diplomatic relations between India and Canada in recent months, stemming from Canada's allegations implicating Indian agents in the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar last year, have added complexity to the case. Despite Canada's accusations, India has firmly denied any involvement. As a result, tensions persist in the relationship between the two nations.
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