Surrey Police Dismiss Jurisdiction Conflict Rumors in Nijjar Murder Case


Conflicting reports stirred the waters around the investigation of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a prominent Sikh leader in Surrey, B.C., whose murder sent shockwaves through the community earlier this year. However, the law enforcement agencies involved have firmly dispelled any allegations of a delay due to jurisdictional dispute.

The narratives of an “hours-long tussle” between the Surrey RCMP and Surrey Police Service erupted in the media, following a recent Washington Post publication. For the past two years, the two departments have navigated a complex coexistence. Inheriting operations from the previous local RCMP detachment, the Surrey Police Service is a relatively new entity, born out of Surrey’s city council’s decision to establish a municipal police force.

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On Tuesday, Surrey RCMP broke its silence, stepping up to counteract what it characterized as “misinformation” regarding their officers’ actions. The statement, which underlines Surrey RCMP as the designated police of jurisdiction, refutes any notion of conflict over the initiative of the investigation. It further reaffirms the absence of any delay in the initial response or subsequent steps of the investigation.

Corroborating the Surrey RCMP’s declaration, a spokesperson from Surrey Police Service asserted on Wednesday that their stance aligns with RCMP, thus dismissing any insinuations of a jurisdictional struggle as “completely false.” The spokesperson pointed out the clear demarcation lines defined by the ongoing policing transition in Surrey, emphasizing the Surrey RCMP’s operational control.

The investigation eventually landed in the hands of RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, a development that was anticipated among the Surrey Police Service ranks.

In a recent turn of events, local politics have embroiled the city’s police force transition. Surrey’s incumbent mayor, Brenda Locke, advocated to repose the city’s law enforcement in the hands of the RCMP, but her efforts were hindered by the provincial government’s refusal to sanction this move.

Amidst the political turmoil and efforts to demystify the investigation, the somber reality remains — the brutal murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar still casts a long shadow. The fatal incident unfolded in June, outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara. The murder, which involved multiple individuals blocking Nijjar’s exit before attacking him, hints at a high level of coordination.

Adding to the intrigue, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau openly suggested the possibility of the Indian government’s involvement. However, law enforcement remains cautious about sharing details, as the investigation is still in progress.

In a chilling revelation this week, a Gurdwaras B.C. Council spokesperson disclosed that the chilling act was captured on surveillance, making Nijjar’s murder a haunting reality, demanding justice. As the twists and turns of the case unfold, the investigating teams remain committed to unearthing the truth, standing resolute amidst the tumultuous waves of rumors and conjecture.