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Another Indo-Canadian man shot dead in Surrey; Indian community live in fear

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times   January 16, 2013
First Published: 12:58 IST(16/1/2013) | Last Updated: 13:04 IST(16/1/2013)

The targeted shootings of two Indo-Canadian men within couple of hours have shaken the Indian community in British Columbia province, which fear the past bloody era of gang wars that claimed lives of hundreds of Indian origin men might return.

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Though the police claim the city is safe but residents say their city is now the "battleground in a deadly gang war".

It may be mentioned four persons have been shot dead in Metro Vancouver within a couple of days and two of them are of Punjabi origin.

After death of Manjot Dhillon on Sunday night, another Indo-Canadian man, Manjinder Manny Hairan, 29, was shot dead near 127th Street and 112B Street in the Bridgeview neighbourhood of Surrey on Tuesday.

A second person accompanying him was also injured but police have not released his identity so far.

Metro Vancouver's gang war has been pretty one-sided in recent months with South Asian gangs suffering the most fatalities after Red Scorpions founder Jonathan Bacon was killed at the Delta Hotel in Kelowna.

Investigators are now reportedly linking two recent fatal shootings in Surrey with an ongoing gang rivalry between the Dhak-Duhre gang (Indo-Canadian gangs) and the Red Scorpions, but they are still refusing to term it as start of another gang war era.
 
Both the recently killed men are believed to have connections to the Dhak-Duhre group, whose leader Gurmit Dhak, 32, was slain at in the Metrotown mall parking lot in October 2010.

Police had issued a warning last year that anyone associated with the Dhak-Duhre group could be in danger. The continuous and one sided attacks on South Asian men ,said to be associated with the crime had also raised eye brows over the functioning of police as people alleged that police has done nothing concrete to stop these one sided attacks instead of issuing warnings.

Meanwhile in a bid to reassure the shell-shocked public, Surrey RCMP's Officer in Charge is assuring the citizens of Surrey that they are safe.

While acknowledging that some residents may be fearful in the aftermath of a spate of high profile murders, chief superintendent Bill Fordy says that the all murders have a common theme - some relation to the criminal underworld.

"There is nothing glamorous about life in the underworld of crime," Fordy says.

"This is not television - the harsh reality is being played out here and now and is testament to the fact that the life expectancy of anyone involved in criminal gangs is very short," he said.

"If you involve yourself in this level of criminal activity, the likelihood of you ending up dead in a ditch or in jail is very high - I would say it is inevitable," Fordy says.

Whatever may be the police claims, it is widely feared now that these shootings may just be markers of return of gang violence.

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