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Canada 'reopens' Kanishka probe

PTI |, New Delhi
Jun 25, 2005 12:43 PM IST

It has renewed probe into A-I bombing, a media report said. Spl: A-I bombing

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has renewed its probe into the bombing of Air- India jet Kanishka, which killed 329 people, mostly Indo-Canadians, some 20 years back. According to the Canadian newspaper National Post, about six to ten people have become the focus of the renewed probe.

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The report said that 10 dedicated officers are looking at the suspects through the lens of the federal Anti-terrorism Act enacted in 2001. News of the investigation's new focus came as hundreds of grieving family members remembered their kin.

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Quoting official sources, the report said that the investigators believe the Kanishka bombing to be the handiwork of at least 10 conspirators. The current focus is to see if the anti-terror legislation can be applied to the investigation.

Despite an investigation spanning nearly 20 years and costing at least $100-million, police were unable to identify the two men who had checked in the bags packed with bombs that in 1985 destroyed Air-India Flight 182 and caused an explosion in Narita, Tokyo.

Also unidentified is the "Third Man" who helped Inderjit Singh Reyat make the explosive devices. On June 4, 1985, the mysterious Third Man accompanied alleged Air-India mastermind Talwinder Singh Parmar to an uninhabited site near Duncan, BC, where Reyat tested a bomb. Pre-trial testimony revealed police initially focused on four suspects -- Reyat, Parmar, Hardial Singh Johal and a man they referred to as Sodhi.

Punjab police killed Parmar, leader of the Babbar Khalsa terrorist group, in 1992, after he fled Canada.

Meanwhile, agencies said that Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin joined the family members of the victims to remember them on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the tragedy.

Martin also pledged to make June 23 a "national day of remembrance" for victims of terrorism as "a time to both remember those who have died at the cold hand of hate and to renew our determination to stand resolute against those who would see to bring terror upon the world".

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