45-year-old Hardeep Singh Nijjar left India for Canada in 1997 and became a prominent Sikh leader in the province of British Columbia
He publicly campaigned for Khalistan, the creation of an independent Sikh homeland in the Punjab region of India.
Just this year, Nijjar was working on an un-official worldwide vote by Sikhs on whether they support separating from India.
Canadian media reported he had received threats in the past because of his activism.
Shazia Ilmi is The National Spokeswoman for India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. She joins us from New Delhi for her analysis.
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