Canada’s top homicide unit has released footage showing a white car it says was linked to the targeted killing of Ripudaman Singh Malik, the Sikh man acquitted in the tragic 1985 Air India Kanishka terrorist bombing , and urged the public not to jump to conclusions about the motive as they investigate the complex, high-profile case.

Malik, 75, was shot dead Thursday in Surrey, British Columbia. Malik and his co-defendant Ajaib Singh Bagri were acquitted in 2005 of mass murder and conspiracy charges related to the two 1985 bombings that killed 331 people.

Homicide investigators are now trying to determine who killed the controversial community leader, former terrorist suspect, wealthy businessman and founder of the Khalsa Credit Union and Khalsa Schools.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) released eerie video on Friday of a white Honda CRV driving through the parking lot of the complex where Papillon Eastern Imports, which Malik founded as a Gastown store in the early 1970s, is based, the Toronto Sun newspaper reported. .

There appears to be more than one person inside, he said.

IHIT Sergeant David Lee said the compact recreational vehicle (CRV), which was later found burning at 122A Street and 82nd Avenue, was linked to the targeted killing of Malik.

A CCTV review determined that this CRV arrived … shortly before the shooting and was waiting for Mr. Malik, Lee said.

Anyone nearby who witnessed anything or took dash cam footage between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. is asked to contact investigators, he said.

Police have yet to determine a motive in the case and Lee urged the public not to jump to conclusions, saying IHIT has a number of avenues of investigation.

We understand that this is a major international story. However, we urge (people) not to speculate on the motive as our homicide investigators will follow the evidence, Lee said.

Malik was acquitted of murder and conspiracy charges in the Kanishka bombing case in March 2005.

These are complex cases and I cannot say precisely how long it might take. It can take two weeks, two months or two years. We can’t say because the investigation is ongoing right now,” Lee said.

Postmedia, a Canadian media conglomerate, spoke to more than a dozen people who know Malik or worked on the Air India bombing investigation on June 23, 1985.

No one believed Malik’s murder, which they all called shocking, had anything to do with the terrorist plot 37 years ago.

Retired Constable Doug Best, lead investigator on the evidence against Malik in the Air India bombing, said Friday the shocking news brought back a flood of memories.

Malik was a prominent member of the Sikh community. If he had supporters, he had enemies. I can’t speculate on the motive for his murder.

Malik’s eldest son Jaspreet told reporters outside the family’s $6.8million South Surrey home on Friday that his father had no security concerns and was focused on his business and the volunteer work he did for his community.

My dad never told us anything about anyone ever threatening him or anything like that.

Jaspreet Malik was working in his law firm when his wife called him on Thursday with the news.

Yesterday was very surreal. I mean, it’s very hard to put into words, said Jaspreet Malik. It was like a dream all day, like just amazing. You can’t even imagine something like that happening in your life, you know, a family member getting shot. Not to mention your dad getting shot.

He doubts the murder has anything to do with the Air India affair.

I don’t believe that to be true. I think it must have some other cause or motive or something. I mean, I don’t know what it would be, Jaspreet said.

But he believes the police will get to the bottom of it. I trust the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). I trust they’ll find out who did this.

For now, he wants his father to be remembered for his love of the family of five children and eight grandchildren and for his sewa (service) to his community.

I think the important thing for people to understand about my dad is (that he) dedicated his life to sewa, he said. He has dedicated his life since the seventies to giving back.

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