Kanishka convict released from Canadian prison

The 1985 Air India Kanishka bombing killed all 329 people on board

Written by Sanjeev Verma | Chandigarh | Updated: January 29, 2016 1:58 am
1985 air india bombing, kanishka bombing, air india bombing, inderjit singh reyat, babbar khalsa, canadian plane bombing, inderjit reyat jail, 1985 plane bombing Inderjit Singh Reyat, the lone man convicted for the Air India bombing in 1985 (Express archive photo)

For the family of first officer Satinder Singh Bhinder, who died in the Air India Kanishka bombing of 1985, the past three decades have been a roller-coaster ride. The release from a Canadian prison of the only convict in the case, Inderjit Singh Reyat, on Wednesday has once again opened old wounds.

“It has been 30 years now. What should I say? That is Canada’s legal system. We cannot criticise it (the decision to release Reyat). That is their way of dealing with such cases,” said Amarjit Kaur Bhinder, the former pilot’s wife, now in her mid 60s.

She added, “Reyat is a Sikh and Sikhism is a religion of purity. He knew fully well at the time of making the bomb as to who and where it was going to be used. He should have revealed names but he chose otherwise.”

The Air India Flight 182 crashed into the Atlantic near the Irish coast after a bomb in its cargo hold exploded, on June 23, 1985. It took the lives of 331 people. The flight was on its way from Montreal to New Delhi.

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  1. H
    Jan 28, 2016 at 6:02 am
    Brown cookies like you don't care for anyone but Brahmins and gujjus or the so called baniyas. You killed nearly 100,000 innocent Sikhs and no one is ever punished. Shame on you Indians that you call yourselves humans. Indians are worst than animals. Congress or bjp all are same, no one has ever given justice to Sikhs even after 30 years. Shame on India and Indians.
    1. K
      Jan 28, 2016 at 5:31 am
      Reyat, who caused many woman to be widowed and children to be orphaned is an utter disgrace for a human being. Good that Canada jailed him for 9 years though the sentence should have been life imprisonment at least.Hope India learns that it needs to punish the culprits of 1984 riots too.
      1. K
        Jan 28, 2016 at 7:43 am
        Reyat, who caused many woman to be widowed and children to be orphaned is an utter disgrace of a human being. Good that Canada jailed him for 9 years though the sentence should have been life imprisonment at least, if Canada doesn't allow capital punishment. Hope culprits of 1984 riots too will be punished some day
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          Mohan bhagwat
          Jan 28, 2016 at 7:40 am
          I am surprised at how these brown Indian cookies are correcting my number of innocent Sikhs killed by Hindu terrorists in 1984 but they are silent and not saying anything about punishing Hindu killers. Maybe in India its citizens are less valuable then the cows we eat in every meal. And worst part is these cookies or so called brown Indians never complain about it when they visit US or other countries including their so called modi and beg for money!! Why don't these brownies leave USA And go back to their countries?? Shame on these Hindus who kill innocent people in their own country and don't feel bad about it!! What a shameless country called India
          1. J
            Jan 28, 2016 at 7:01 am
            Killing innocent human beings is a sin and a crime - no matter who commits it. Canada should not free this lowest of low dirtiest human being who bombed a plane out of the sky, just like India should not have freed the Juvenile rapist. Laws should change and evolve to deal with sickliest crimes and yes killers of Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Buddishts, and all human beings should be harshly punished. On the subject of crimes against the innocent I bear witness to Hindus pulled out of buses and killed by Sikhs and innocent Sikhs killed in "encounters" so my thought is kill killers!
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              Praful Vora
              Jan 28, 2016 at 4:20 am
              Be aware of this guy why killed innocent people and not ashamed of it he will do anything India should keep eye on him and his colleagues
              1. R
                Jan 28, 2016 at 11:27 am
                F--k off , . A SIkh would never use a fake name to post, they have balls. Clearly, you are a jihadi pig.
                1. R
                  Jan 28, 2016 at 4:11 am
                  This is so bad. I can feel for the victim's families and when was very young this happened at the time no Internet and limited TV. it is very sad that Canadian government did not give capital punishment. Because at that time India was not given any importance by the U.S. And western countries.
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