Gunshots rang out in the early hours of Monday at a residence in the Greater Toronto Area linked to an associate of Gurpatwant Pannun, the general counsel for Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).

The targeted property, currently undergoing construction in Brampton, is registered under the ownership of Inderjeet Singh Gosal. Gosal, known for his involvement in coordinating the self-styled Khalistan Referendum held in Surrey, British Columbia on September 23, stepped up after the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18.

Official statements from law enforcement regarding the incident are yet to be released, leaving the motive behind the shooting undisclosed to the public.

Gosal is slated to lead a demonstration outside the Indian consulate in Toronto on February 17, marking eight months since Nijjar’s untimely death.

In a statement relayed by SFJ, Gosal expressed his belief that the attack targeted him due to his active participation in advocating for the Khalistan Referendum. He asserts that his efforts align with those of Nijjar, who was allegedly assassinated by agents linked to the Indian government.

Pannun, echoing Gosal’s sentiments, accused India of orchestrating the attack. He cautioned that if the violence aimed at stifling the Khalistan Referendum persists, the Indian government would bear responsibility for potentially escalating attacks against pro-Khalistan Sikhs into a vicious cycle.