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A former Indian spy says he warned Canada just two months
before the Air India bombing


March 22, 2005

A former Indian spy says he warned Canada about threats to India's national airlines just two months before the Air India bombing, The Globe and Mail reports.

In a new book about his time in the Indian Intelligence Agency, Maloy Krishna Dhar says the warnings were based on his undercover activities inside British Columbia's Sikh community.

The report comes amid increasing calls for the federal government to hold a public inquiry into the 1985 bombing of Flight 182, which killed 329 people.

Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh has said it is too early to know if an inquiry will be called. However, Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan has outright rejected such calls.

On Monday, former cabinet minister Herb Dhaliwal said McLellan's offer to meet with the families for a briefing instead of holding an inquiry is "absolutely not" enough.

Calls for a probe into the Air India disaster intensified last week, when Ripudiman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri were found not guilty of all charges against them in the case.

The only person to ever be convicted in the case is Inderjit Singh Reyat, who admitted to supplying the parts for the bomb that brought down Flight 182. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

Investigators allege the deadly Air India plot had been hatched by Talwinder Singh Parmar, the B.C.-based founder of the Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa. He was reported killed in a shootout with Indian police in October 1992.

According to the report in The Globe, Dhar says in his book -- Open Secrets, India's Intelligence Unveiled -- that "discreet probes" in circles close to Parmar and others raised suspicions of a threat to sabotage a civilian Indian aircraft.

He said that the information was given to the High Commissioner in India, who says they passed it on to Canada. Canada did not react to the warning, the book says.

"It appears to us that the security experts in Canada were still not motivated enough by their political masters to swoop down on the Sikh militants," Dhar states.

Dhar also alleges that Parmar was under the patronage of Pakistan's intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, in 1981.



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