Yet another Indo-Canadian youth dies in gang violence

March 21st, 2008 - 11:03 am ICT by admin  


Vancouver, March 21 (IANS) Yet another Indo-Canadian youth has become a victim of ongoing gang violence in the community here. Harkinder Singh Hans, 31, was found shot dead Wednesday night in his car parked at Eaglequest Golf Course in Surrey here. The police said the victim was “known” to them, without saying whether he was ever arrested for any criminal activities.

They said they were called at about 8.30 p.m. after someone heard shots being fired in the parking lot. When investigators reached the spot, they found the Indo-Canadian youth shot dead in his parked Honda car.

However, the family of the deceased denied Hans was involved in any criminal activity. “Never, never. My son was never involved in any crime,” Balwant Singh Hans, father of the victim, told IANS.

He said: “My son was never into crime. He was a Canadian-born networking engineer. Currently, he was driving a truck locally.”

Hans leaves behind a 14-month daughter.

Though the police have not said whether it was a gang-related killing, most Indo-Canadians believe Hans is another victim of this vicious cycle, which has claimed more than 100 young lives in the community in the past 15 years.

Young Indo-Canadian gangsters have been killing members of rival drug gangs in turf wars here since the early 1990s. Most of the cases remain unresolved.

On demands of the community, the British Columbia provincial government set up an integrated task force four years ago to solve these cases and work with Indo-Canadians to find the root cause of the problem.

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