Surrey man accused of running ‘terror camp’ near Mission

A Surrey man is accused of running a “terror camp” near Mission that’s plotting attacks in the Punjab, according to an India news report.

By CHERYL CHAN

An article published Monday in the Times of India cited a report by Punjab intelligence identifying Hardeep Nijjar as the “operational head of (the) Khalistan Terror Force (KTF).” 

According to the report, Nijjar, a Canadian citizen, has lived in Surrey since 1995. 

He is wanted in India in connection with a blast at a cinema in Ludhiana in the Punjab province, where six people died in 2007. 

The report alleges Nijjar has been training at least four Sikh youths on how to use AK-47s for the purpose of carrying out attacks in India. 

The training took place “in a (rifle) range near Mission where they were made to fire for four hours daily,” said the report. 

One of the trainees, Mandeep Singh, was arrested two weeks ago, said the Times. Singh arrived in India in January from Canada and is accused of being involved in a terrorist plot. 

The report claims Singh was on a reconnaissance mission and that Nijjar was to arrange weapons from Pakistan.

The Times said India intelligence agencies have alerted Canadian authorities to the alleged camp, and have already submitted an application seeking Nijjar’s extradition.

Global Affairs Canada wasn’t available for comment late Sunday.

This isn’t the first time India authorities have requested Canada track Nijjar. In 2015, India police requested RCMP track his whereabouts after he was suspected of a plot to transport ammunition by paraglider over the Pakistan-India border. 

That plan was foiled after the arrest of Jagtar Tara, described as the former chief of the KTF.

Sarina Kaur sues hospital after losing limbs

SINGAPORE:  A 51-year-old Indian-origin Singapore woman has filed a lawsuit against a hospital here and its doctors, claiming 8.72 million dollars in damages after complications from a urological procedure caused amputation of her limbs.

Sarina Kaur has accused Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and two of its doctors of going ahead with the procedure to treat recurrent urinary tract infection, even though she had tested positive for a type of bacteria.

She is suing them for about 8.72 million Singaporean dollars to cover costs, including the loss of future earnings and prostheses, media reports said today.

Ms Kaur has multiple sclerosis and has been receiving treatment at SGH since 1979. She was admitted to SGH on November 20, 2012 for the procedure.
After the procedure, she developed fever and low blood pressure.

Ms Kaur later went into septic shock and her limbs turned gangrenous.

She had her legs amputated at the knees in December, 2012, and lost her forearms in January, 2013.

Ms Kaur also underwent three more procedures to remove “thread buried in the wound” at the amputation site on her left arm.

She “suffered numerous surgeries and pain following the urological procedure when bacteria from the bladder spread and led to septicaemic shock”, according to a medical report provided by her lawyer Jenson Lee.

The report also noted that she now has to rely on her domestic helper “to do the simplest of things”, including answering her phone calls.

Responding to media queries, SGH said that Ms Kaur’s condition “could have possibly been the result of her multiple underlying conditions”.

“At all times, our doctor had her best interests in mind when the clinical decision was made to proceed with the procedure under suitable antibiotic cover,” said Prof London Lucien Ooi, chairman of the Division of Surgery at SGH.

The hospital added that her urine culture test results before the procedure did not “preclude the decision to continue with the procedure”, and that appropriate steps were taken to minimise the risk of complications.

“In Ms Kaur’s case, the urine culture had identified the particular bacterium, and a treating dose of antibiotic which the bacterium was sensitive to was prescribed to cover any possible infection,” Channel News Asia quoted Prof Ooi as saying.

“Her well-being remains our priority, and we are committed to providing her with continued appropriate care,” he added.

The pre-trial hearing is scheduled for January 7, 2016.

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