Gang Hit In Edmonton Guns Down Two Indo-Canadian Men From BC Involved In The Drug

header-1Gang-Hit-Indos-Dead3Gang-Hit-Indos-Dead5The bodies of Navdeep Sidhu and and Harman Mangat, both in their early 20s, were found in a southeast neighbourhood Wednesday afternoon. A man with the same name as Navdeep Sidhu, and most likely him, had forfeited his interest in a car used in an Abbotsford shootout to the B.C. director of civil forfeiture in 2015. In a statement of claim filed Dec. 22, 2015, the director of civil forfeiture alleges two Nissan Altimas – one white and one blue – were used by gun-toting members of rival crime groups the day Abbotsford Indo-Canadian teen Harwindip Baringh was shot to death.

Gang-Hit-Indos-Dead2EDMONTON – Two Indo-Canadian men from BC who were well known to police for their involvement in the drug trade were shot dead this week in Edmonton.

Police say the killings of Navdeep Sidhu and and Harman Mangat in the Alberta capital this week are connected to drug activity in the Lower Mainland.

Brand-D-LogoThe bodies of Sidhu and and Mangat, both in their early 20s, were found in a southeast neighbourhood Wednesday afternoon.

A passerby discovered them in a running, white Dodge Ram truck with B.C. plates.

An autopsy showed both died of multiple gunshot wounds and police say the killings were not random.

Officers responded to the Hills at Charlesworth at about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. On Thursday evening, police said an autopsy found both victims died from multiple gunshot wounds.

A man with the same name as Navdeep Sidhu, and most likely him, had forfeited his interest in a car used in an Abbotsford shootout to the B.C. director of civil forfeiture in 2015.

In a statement of claim filed Dec. 22, 2015, the director of civil forfeiture alleges two Nissan Altimas – one white and one blue – were used by gun-toting members of rival crime groups the day Abbotsford Indo-Canadian teen Harwindip Baringh was shot to death, reported Vancouver Sun.

Gang-Hit-Indos-Dead4No charges have been laid in the murder of the 18-year-old.

Baringh was associated to the “Chahil crime group,” the court document says, and was driving with a passenger in a Jeep Grand Cherokee through a residential neighbourhood the evening he died.

About 6:37 p.m., the Jeep pulled over on Sparrow Drive and a blue 2007 Altima occupied by Baringh’s associates Navdeep Sidhu and Jaskarn Lally stopped beside it, the suit says, reported the Vancouver Sun.

“The passenger window of the blue Altima went down and a conversation took place between the occupants of the two vehicles. The Jeep then drove away and the blue Altima followed behind.”

About 7:45 the same night, surveillance cameras show the Jeep and the blue Altima following a white Acura and the white Altima.

“Mr. Baringh’s Jeep and the occupants of the blue Altima proceeded to follow the white Acura and the white Altima around a turn on Sparrow Drive where they were ambushed by occupants of the white Acura and the white Altima, whose vehicles were parked and blocking the road,” the director of civil forfeiture alleges, reported the Vancouver Sun.

TheAllumSomeone in the Acura got out and sprayed the Jeep with gunfire … An occupant or occupants of Mr. Baringh’s Jeep shot back at the occupants of the white Acura and Altima.”

When police searched the blue Altima owned by Navdeep Sidhu, they found “bullet holes in the passenger quarter panel and windshield post that had been repaired with bondo putty. The windshield also contained a bullet hole on the bottom of the passenger side.”

The civil forfeiture director said the blue car “was used to conspire against and seek out associates of the Dhaliwal crime group that the occupants of the blue Altima were engaged in a violent conflict with.

“If returned to Mr. Sidhu, (the car) is likely to be used by him or his associates to commit further firearms offences and violent crimes that are likely to cause death or serious bodily harm,” reported the Vancouver Sun.

With this week's murders of Sidhu and Mangat, Edmonton police have not reported any arrests in connection with the case and are asking anyone with information to call the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or contacting them online.

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Raj Paul Dhillon is an award winning journalist based in Vancouver, Canada. He received his second National Best Editorial Award from the National Ethnic Media and Press Association of Canada, presented to him by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on November 21, 2010 in Toronto. Aside from an extensive writing/editing work with a number of newspapers and magazines (currently the editor of the South Asian LINK newspaper, the oldest South Asian newspaper in Canada), he has also done freelance writing for mainstream publications like The Vancouver Sun and Georgia Straight newspapers. He holds a degree in Communications and in Film from Simon Fraser University.

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