9 of 11 individuals who police say pose significant threat to public safety are South Asians

THE Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC), in partnership with its policing partners, on Wednesday issued a public warning due to what police say is the significant threat to the public posed by 11 individuals involved in ongoing gang conflicts and their connection to high levels of violence.

And nine of them are South Asians.
These individuals are known to police and have been connected to high levels of gang and organized crime-related violence. Police believe that anyone with or in the proximity to these individuals may be putting themselves at risk.

CFSEU-BC, in collaboration with its partners, is identifying them “in order for family, friends, associates, and the public to take measures to increase their own personal safety.”

The warning comes after the brazen gunning down in broad daylight of Meninder Dhaliwal and Satindera Gill at the Sundial Boutique Hotel in Whistler on July 24 in which Gursimran Sahota, 24, of Surrey and Tanvir Khakh, 20, of Surrey were arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Meninder Dhaliwal’s brother, Harpreet Singh Dhaliwal, 31, was shot and killed on April 17, 2021, outside Cardero’s restaurant near Coal Harbour Quay and Cardero Street in Vancouver. And in May 2021, the CFSEU-BC issued a public warning regarding 11 individuals, including brothers Barinder and Meninder Dhaliwal, involved in the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

The same month, Vancouver Police also released the photos, names and ages of six gangsters, including brothers Barinder and Meninder Dhaliwal, with links to Vancouver who they said posed a significant risk to the safety of the public.

Now again, Barinder Dhaliwal is one of the 11 individuals whose names were released on Wednesday by the CFSEU-BC and its partners because police say they pose a significant threat to the public.

The public is being warned about the following individuals:
• Shakiel Basra: 28 years old
• Jagdeep Cheema: 30 years old
• Barinder Dhaliwal: 39 years old
• Gurpreet Dhaliwal: 35 years old
• Samroop Gill: 29 years old
• Sumdish Gill: 28 years old
• Sukhdeep Pansal: 33 years old
• Amarpreet Samra: 28 years old
• Ravinder Samra: 35 years old
• Andy St Pierre: 40 years old
• Richard Joseph Whitlock: 40 years old
Police agencies throughout the Lower Mainland say they are aware of several conflicts involving numerous crime groups that have resulted in murders and attempted murders in recent months in public places.

Police are expecting the violence to continue in the coming weeks and months as these individuals continue to involve themselves in illicit activities dangerous to themselves and the public.

Police are advising the public to avoid any interaction with these 11 individuals, as police believe these individuals may be targets for future violence.
“CFSEU-BC, following consultation with policing partners across the LMD in British Columbia, are releasing the names and photos of individuals who pose a significant risk to public safety due to their nexus to ongoing gang violence,” said Assistant Commissioner Manny Mann, CFSEU-BC Chief Officer.

Assistant Commissioner Manny Mann
Photo: CFSEU-BC

He added: “Those engaged in the LMDGC [Lower Mainland Gang Conflict] are not bound by jurisdiction or contained within the Lower Mainland; they travel throughout the province committing gang-related acts of violence and may be targeted themselves by others also involved in the conflict.

“While engaged in multiple enforcement and suppression efforts, the law enforcement agencies of BC are taking the added precaution of making the public aware of these individuals to help ensure public safety. CFSEU-BC along with our policing partners will continue to collaboratively work towards holding those accountable that threaten the safety of our communities.”
Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Wilson, the commanding officer of the Investigation Division of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), said: “The Vancouver Police Department is committed to working with our partner agencies regionally, provincially and nationally to combat gang violence as we know that it is not bound by geographic borders. I want to reassure the public that the police have allocated significant investigative and operational resources to address gang violence. The VPD and our policing partners are committed to combatting the risk that these 11 individuals, and the crime groups they represent, pose to our communities.”
Assistant Commissioner Will Ng, Criminal Operations Officer, Federal, Investigative Services and Organized Crime for BC RCMP, said: “Significant work is underway to deter, disrupt and suppress gang-related violence in our province. The very public and brazen gang-related violence in our communities is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. We know that gang members don’t respect borders, so our efforts have included a coordinated approach with multiple agencies and enforcement measures to continue to target those who pose the greatest risk to public safety.”
Police are asking the public to report any information about recent incidents of violence or suspicious activity to police by calling 9-1-1.

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