Another Indian Canadian killed in drug gang war?

May 31st, 2009 - 2:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Vancouver, May 31 (IANS) Yet another Indian Canadian man appears to have perished in the drug gang war here, but police are yet to confirm if this is indeed the case.
Twentynine-year-old Sarbjit (Steve) Nagra Friday drove his bullet-riddled SUV to a hospital in Maple Ridge, about 40 km from here, after he was shot.

Dragging himself to the emergency room of the hospital, he told the doctors that he had been shot. After initial treatment, he was shifted to the Royal Columbian Hospital near here.

But Nagra succumbed to his gun shots.

Police said court records confirmed that Nagra was a street drug dealer with a criminal record dating back to his teen years. He was jailed in 1999 for carrying burglary tools.

He had also been charged with possessing illegal firearms and assault threats.

As investigations are on, police are still to confirm whether the murder was the result of the drug gang war here.

More than a hundred young Indian Canadian youths have been killed in these gang battles since the mid-1990s.

Most of these cases are yet to be resolved despite the formation of an exclusive gang violence task force by the British Columbian provincial government.

The Indian Canadians, mostly from Punjab, constitute more than seven percent of the provincial population of 4.4 million.

They are concentrated mostly in Surrey, Delta, Abbotsford, Richmond and other smaller cities around Vancouver.

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