Sikh Windsor family lives in fear of unknown tormentors after attempted firebombings

  •, Hindustan Times, Windsor
  • Updated: Dec 05, 2014 18:15 IST

A family living in east-end family is in fear following weeks of torment from strangers who appeared at their front door demanding for money and tried to fire bomb their home.

Molotov cocktails were used to burn the Dadalia family on Thursday after six days of the first attempt. Rupander Dadiala, who lives on Casablanca Street with her husband, three young children and in-laws, said the family hasn’t slept in weeks.

“It’s very scary,” she said. “I have three kids, I have three little ones. We are all scared, for sure. It’s not a nice experience. We don’t know what to do. We are calling police every time we have any problem. So far nobody has been caught. They just disappear.”

On Thursday at 12:15am Windsor police and firefighters were called to Dadalia house. The Windsor police arson unit is investigating and refused to comment further.

“Preliminary indicators suggest some type of accelerant was thrown into a garage door,” said Windsor police spokesman Sgt. Matthew D’Asti. “It self-extinguished, so there is minimal damage. But obviously we are treating it as a major incident. We know the potential of what could have happened.”

Dadiala said the troubles began about three weeks ago when two people showed up at the front door demanding money. She feels worried with the thought of being targeted. Even they have installed cameras around the house after the harassment started, but so far no culprit identifying video is found.

Harvinder Bal known of Dadalia experienced something similar but far more dangerous last weekend. On Saturday, Bal woke up around 1 a.m. by the sounds of shattering glass and a fire alarm. He ran to his living room to find a shattered bottle and flames consuming his Spago Crescent home. Bal escaped with his family, but the fire caused $275,000 in damage.

“I don’t know who did it,” Bal said earlier this week. “I have no bad record. I have nice neighbours.” Police haven’t said if they believe the two cases are connected.

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