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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    Human
    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.
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      Kulmohan
      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.
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        Kulmohan
        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
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            JJ
            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
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                Rajesh
                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.
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                  Raj
                  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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                    babu
                    Jan 28, 2016 at 8:34 am
                    And what modee said to Canada pm kuch de de baba
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                      Krishna Karmakar
                      Jan 28, 2016 at 5:36 am
                      Canada has let in a large number of hard-line Religious fanatics who are incidentally Sikhs and Muslims and in this Horrendous Bomb Attack on Air-India planes, as the dead were only Indians and persons of Indian origin, Canada did not bother much about punishing the perpetrators and killers who continue to roam freely. Have they learnt anything from the terror incidents? Doubtful because the terrorists have yet to strike in Canada and kill innocent people on Canadian soil.
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                        Raja
                        Jan 28, 2016 at 5:00 am
                        Canada earned the ignominy for its lax security apparatus and laid-back investigation. In US or a Western European country, the main culprits, viz., Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri would have been behind bars under a death sentence. I wonder if the country learned anything from its grievous errors.
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                          rajan luthra
                          Jan 28, 2016 at 5:21 am
                          Statutory Release! No such provision in India for prisoner languishing in jails due to sheer neglect of the system. We take lot of pride in our democracy but have lot to learn from sensitive democracies like Canada
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                            David
                            Jan 28, 2016 at 5:41 am
                            White people don't care for colored people lives . If one White is killed, the w world will hear for days, months and years.
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                              David
                              Jan 28, 2016 at 5:57 am
                              You crazy fanatic. All terror acts are evil. There are no good terrorists and bad terrorists. Get that in your head and calm down
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                                David
                                Jan 28, 2016 at 8:08 am
                                All terror is evil. Don't distinguish. To get the record straight, anti Sikhs riots were under Congress. Sikhs use to stop buses, separate Hindus and kill them! Like most innocent Sikhs in those Delhi riots, same way those people on the flight were innocent, they must have been Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Jains. Stop justifying terrorism. In the USA Sikhs are killed mistaken them for terrorists which is wrong. And I as a human being first condemn it. Shame on you and your type.
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                                  David
                                  Jan 28, 2016 at 8:12 am
                                  Hang your head in shame. You are full of hatred. Stop calling yourself human.
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                                    ramdas
                                    Jan 28, 2016 at 3:15 am
                                    He will continue to enjoy a privileged life by killing 329 innocent victims. Surely a travesty of justice for victim families. There should be no paroles for these evil doers taking lives of innocent children , women, men who were on board the flight. He should be deported to India to face trial
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                                      rightan
                                      Jan 28, 2016 at 8:08 am
                                      It is good we a Mix breed . So you can jump to either side . Not sure how brownie or blacki u r . Shame should be on every one killing innocents any where in the world.Sikh were not killed by Hindus they were killed by congress supporters . How come BJP got 2 seats in those election.Why the way you are living in USA in which Black like you are killed on street by police or even in Gurduwara and you hide behind walls .On complaints, USA president never complaint about head scarfs in Saudi and Sikh never complaint about cutting hair {even theirs } in Western countries Did you never heard a complains from Muslim about pork and whisky in USA . Stop being bigot .
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                                        rightan
                                        Jan 28, 2016 at 6:38 am
                                        What dumb Human you are . You should write yourself "Terrorist " who support a killer . From where did you get 100000 figure or may be @12 0 clock ?So you mean killing some innocent makes feel better by killing some other innocents . All humanity should be ashamed of humanity and specially Sikhs if they believe like that .Sikhs killed an widow Indira who was unarmed and trusted those traitors .Then killed 80 year old editor Of Punjab Kesri and then again his son both unarmed . And what about killing of innocent pengers from buses .Hundred of innocents killed in Punjab most of them never visited other parts of India .More over what was their link with killings in India .That is why peoples like this thinking are not called human they are" Blood Suckers"
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                                          rightan
                                          Jan 28, 2016 at 6:45 am
                                          You can find one incidence . Just google terrorist attacks linked with Mohamed you will find thousand murdered to get more virgins. Can you tell so many mean were they More than killed in Paris / Peshawar/ Mumbai /Bali/ Nigeria/Algeria / Afghanistan/ Baslan {Russia}/ or were more than those killed every day in Iraq or were more than raped By Boko Hram. Googel it and open eyes before commenting .
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                                            Raz
                                            Jan 28, 2016 at 3:39 am
                                            India? India is the last place where justice is served. Isn't that why people who committed crimes in 1984 have still not received justice and they are freely roaming the streets? India and justice don't go together. Ever.
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