B.C. NRI arrested in killing of two NRIs gangland-style slaying in Ontario
Vancouver, Feb. 24, 2010
A second male, NRI, Vijay Singh, age 29, a resident of Burnaby, BC as well as Toronto, Ontario has been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into a double homicide in Pickering, Ontario. The arrest of Singh comes one month after detectives arrested John Le, 38, and two months after police found crucial DNA evidence on a mobile phone belonging to the victim
He was returned back to Ontario and appeared in court in Oshawa on Saturday, Feb. 20th. He is charged with: First Degree Murder x2,
Forcible Confinement x2,
Use Firearm in Commission of an Indictable Offence x2. This investigation remains active and further arrests are anticipated.
He is accused of murdering truck drivers Puneet Singh Chhina, 26, and Harjinder Singh Sandhu, 28, Brampton. Harjinder Sandhu, a trucker, was less than a month away from standing trial on allegations of smuggling 30 kilograms of cocaine stashed in a tractor-trailer hauling oranges over the international Ambassador Bridge at Windsor in 2007. He was scheduled to appear in court on June 1.
Detectives have been able to figure out approximate routes taken by the killers after the slayings because one of the victims’ cellphones was left in the killers’ car, which, according to police, later travelled north of Toronto, only to return to the scene.
Investigators have collected several DNA samples from people of interest and are now approaching others with the hopes that they will voluntarily submit samples.
NRI's bodies found in the trunk of a vehicle in Pickering
Toronto, May 08, 2009
On Wednesday, Durham Regional Police found two bodies in the trunk
of a vehicle in Pickering have been identified as Harjinder Singh
Sandhu, 28 of Brampton and Puneet Singh Chhina, 26, of Nepean, Ontario
Authorities say they are not releasing the causes
of the two deaths because the investigation remains active. Police
do not believe this was a random act. They were likely the victims
of gang hit.
The post-mortem examinations took place yesterday
in Toronto and members of both families have been contacted. Both
men had recently been identified as Missing Persons in Peel Region.
Our Victim Services Unit is assisting the families in this difficult
time. They had been shot and stabbed.
Puneet Singh Chhina:
According to local NRI media sources, he was graduated
with a degree in computer science from Laurentian University in
Sudbury. He joined Dell call centre and laid off. Last year, he
moved to Tornto to find a job. He was described by his family as
“carefree, very kind, very smart, always willing to help people
and fond of the movies.
Another NRI told us that he is the only child of parents,
who moved four years in this country from India. His father is studying
for his PhD in management and mother PhD in English literature.
His father was a brigadier-general in the Indian army before retiring
and moved to Canada.
Puneet had dreamed of joining either the police or
the military once he got his Canadian citizenship.
Harjinder Singh Sandhu
He was a truck driver. The police did not confirm
that he is the same person, who was arrested two years ago and was
was involved in an attempt to smuggle 30 kilograms of cocaine into
Canada over the Ambassador Bridge in a load of California oranges.