Funeral of William Hopkinson, 1914
William Hopkinson was the top federal immigration official in Vancouver at the time of the Komagata Maru incident. He had a network of spies operating in the local South Asian community and occasionally posed as a Sikh named Narain Singh himself. In October 1914, a Sikh nationalist named Mewa Singh assassinated Hopkinson in the Court House where one of Hopkinson’s spies was on trial. Singh surrendered to the police and said he was glad Hopkinson was dead. A few months later, Singh was hanged for murder.
These days, William Hopkinson is still commemorated as a fallen law enforcement officer, while Mewa Singh is considered a martyr for having killed an enemy of Sikhs and their freedom.
For more info see Hugh Johnston, “The Surveillance of Indian Nationalists inNorth America, 1908-1918,” BC Studies no. 78, Summer 1988
Source: Library and Archives Canada #PA-034012