HARJOT Singh Deo, former boyfriend of murder victim Bhavkiran Dhesi, 19, who faces one count of second-degree murder and one count of interfering with human remains in connection with her death, was granted bail last week on Friday under strict conditions. He was released on condition of house arrest.
Deo, 21, was arrested on May 10 at Vancouver International Airport by Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) investigators. Dhesi’s body was found inside a burnt vehicle at around 12:20 a.m. on August 2, 2017, in the 18700-block of 24th Avenue in Surrey. Deo was returning from a Canadian location.
Deo was granted bail with a $750,000 surety and $50,000 deposit.
On June 21, 24-year-old Gurvinder Deo, brother of Harjot Deo, and 22-year-old Talwinder Khun Khun, a relative of the Deos, were arrested by IHIT investigators and charged by the B.C. Prosecution Service for accessory after the fact to murder, and indecently interfere with or offer an indignity to human remains.
Two other members of the Deo family were also charged earlier in the case: Inderdeep Deo, 23, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder and Manjit Kaur Deo, 53, mother of Harjot Singh, was also charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.
The next court appearance for all of the accused is scheduled for November 13.
Last June, IHIT said it was continuing to investigate with the assistance of policing partners in the Lower Mainland while using resources from integrated and specialized units within the BC RCMP. It stressed that investigators are committed to finding everyone who is responsible.
“We know that there are still people out there with important information,” said Cpl. David Lee of IHIT. “We urge those people to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).