Surrey: Ripudaman Singh Malik, the man acquitted in a terrorist bombing that killed 329 people aboard an Air India flight in 1985 was slain on Thursday in a possible targeted shooting, Canadian authorities said. Officials said the victim was Ripudaman Singh Malik, who with co-defendant Ajaib Singh Bagri was found not guilty in March 2005 of murder and conspiracy in a pair of Air India bombings that killed 331 people on June 23, 1985. Police had not initially released the dead man’s identity, but confirmed it after Malik’s son, Jaspreet Malik, reported his father’s slaying 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 said he heard shots Thursday morning and ran outside to find Malik unconscious in his car.