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Gangster shot dead in Canada, son of Punjabi NRI wanted in Bhola drug racket

A Punjabi-origin gangster in Toronto, Canada, was gunned down in broad daylight in Toronto on Tuesday afternoon, and has since been identified as Sukhvir Singh Deo, 34. While Sukhvir lived in Metro Vancouver and was aligned with the Independent Soldiers gang that indulged in illicit drug trade too, his father, Parminder Singh Deo ‘Pindi’, is wanted in Punjab in a drug case.

punjab Updated: Jun 09, 2016 21:33 IST
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The white SUV of Sukhvir Singh Deo, 34, in which he was shot dead in Toronto.
The white SUV of Sukhvir Singh Deo, 34, in which he was shot dead in Toronto.(Video grab: Global News, Canada )

A Punjabi-origin gangster in Toronto, Canada, was gunned down in broad daylight in Toronto on Tuesday afternoon, and has since been identified as Sukhvir Singh Deo, 34. While Sukhvir lived in Metro Vancouver and was aligned with the Independent Soldiers gang that indulged in illicit drug trade too, his father, Parminder Singh Deo ‘Pindi’, is wanted in Punjab in a drug case.

Sukhvir Singh Deo, 34, who was shot dead in Toronto; at a basketball game. (Video grab: Global News, Canada )

The police were still to formally release the name, but local daily Vancouver Sun confirmed his identity with his family and with police in British Columbia province. Several members of the Deo family, including Sukhvir, were well-known to police in Metro Vancouver. His brother Harjit Singh Deo was convicted in 2007 for a 2005 kidnapping for ransom in which the victim was held inside the Deo family home in New Westminster, reported Global News.

Sukhvir was better known as a Wolf Pack gang alliance member since moving to Ontario in 2013. Police said the Wolf Pack has both national and international connections, media outlets reported. A gang war had ensued ever since a Wolf Pack member was killed and two wounded in 2011 in a shooting attributed to the Dhak-Duhre group, which also has Punjabis among the top brass.

Sukhvir’s father — who has not visited India since 2011 and has a red Corner notice against him by the Interpol — travelled from Vancouver to Toronto on Tuesday night.

Was named in rival Punjabi gangster’s murder

Sukhvir Deo’s name had surfaced in connection with the May 2012 murder of the rival gang member Gurbinder (Bin) Toor, another gangster of Punjabi origin. However, no charges have been laid in the murder, reported The Sun. Deo’s uncle Sohan told The Sun that his nephew had a big trucking company in Ontario.

Sukhvir was successful enough to sit courtside at major sporting events; and he had a fleet of luxury vehicles, including the white Range Rover in which he was killed. He was facing drug and proceeds-of-crime charges in Ontario.

Meet the father

As for his father, he came to limelight when Jagdish Bhola, alleged kingpin of the multi-crore drug racket busted in Punjab, told the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in 2014 that Pindi and two other non-resident Indians (NRIs), Satpreet Singh ‘Satta’ and Amarinder Singh ‘Laddi’, were involved too and had links with politicians.

Pindi, who as per investigations visited India last in 2011, is facing many cases registered by Punjab Police and the ED, his name is on the wanted list of Interpol. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) issued a red corner notice against him upon a submission by the state police in September 2015.

Pindi, Satta and Laddi allegedly used to buy the chemical pseudoephedrine from an Amritsar-based factory owner in order to produce drugs and sell them in Canada too.

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(Input from Jalandhar)