KANWALJIT Dhillon, the father of Kevin Dhillon,16, who was killed Tuesday night in a hit-and-run at 96th Avenue and 123A Street in Surrey, was reportedly kicked all over by three RCMP officers when he tried to accompany his son in the ambulance to the hospital after the accident.
Dhillon, a taxi operator, told The VOICE that he was roughed up by some officers who grabbed him and threw him to the ground. He said witnesses later told him that there were three cops. He said he was kicked all over but not punched. He sustained injuries on his elbow and knees and received medical attention at Royal Columbian Hospital where his son was transported.
A distraught Dhillon kept pleading to the police officers: “I am the father. He’s my son.”
Dhillon admitted that he had climbed on to the ambulance’s step bumper at the back and the officers had to forcibly pull him off the vehicle.
What happened after that is in dispute.
Dhillon said that even a woman at the scene asked the cops why it was necessary to rough him up. Bystanders were really disgusted at the brutality.
But an eyewitness told The VOICE that Dhillon was uncontrollable and officers had to take him off the ambulance’s step bumper for his own safety and restrain him.
Well-known lawyer Tony Bhullar, former Liberal MLA, told The VOICE that he will be looking into the matter. Bhullar was involved with the taxi associations for years and is well-known in those circles.
Bhullar told me that he had met Kevin several times who ran errands for him whenever he was sick. He said Kevin was an easygoing and polite person and he held him in high regard.
THE VOICE contacted Surrey RCMP for their version. The RCMP said they would provide their side of the story, but hadn’t done so by our deadline.
BY RATTAN MALL