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27-yr-old Indian student shot dead in Canada

A 27-year-old Indian student was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Christmas Eve while manning a convenience store in the western Canadian city of Surrey in Vancouver. HT reports.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2012 01:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

A 27-year-old Indian student was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Christmas Eve while manning a convenience store in the western Canadian city of Surrey in Vancouver.



Gupta had volunteered to cover the afternoon shift for the store-owners so that they could celebrate Christmas with their families.


A graduate from Noida’s Birla Institute of Management and Technology, Gupta moved to Canada six months ago for higher education and took up a part-time job in the store.

Gupta’s assailants are still at large, the Canadian media said.

The police said he might have been shot while resisting a robbery attempt since the men looted cash from the store.

After Gupta was shot at, he reportedly went across the street asking for help.

But by the time help arrived, he died.

Gupta’s brother-in-law Nitin Bhutani said his family is in a state of shock since they were informed of the shocking death.

“My son had no rivalry with anyone and was innocent. My nephew, who lives in Canada,

has been handed over the body and will be sending it to us here,” said Alok’s father Harivansh Gupta.

Alok, who was doing his MBA from Kwantlen University, was one of the top scorers in his class, Bhutani said.

“We want Alok to get justice and the men, who killed him, behind the bars,” he added.

First Published: Dec 31, 2011 18:28 IST