Harjot Deo, 21, charged with second-degree murder in Bhavkiran Dhesi homicide

Bhavkiran Dhesi

HARJOT Singh Deo, 21, who was arrested on Friday, May 10 at Vancouver International Airport by Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) investigators, has been charged with second-degree murder in the homicide of Bhavkiran Dhesi who was 19 years old when her 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 will make his next court appearance on May 27. He had been in a romantic relationship with Dhesi and had become known to IHIT investigators fairly early in the investigation.

IHIT Superintendent Donna Richardson and IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang.
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However, IHIT Superintendent Donna Richardson said on Monday: “Despite today’s announcement, I can tell you that the investigation is still active and our investigators are still pursuing several leads.  We know there are still those who have intimate knowledge of what happened to Bhavkiran who have yet to come forward.  I would like to remind those individuals that there is still opportunity for them to do the right thing.”

Anyone with information, who has yet to come forward to police, is urged to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

If they wish to remain anonymous, they should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald.
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“Miss Dhesi was a strong young woman with a promising future ahead of her. At her young age, she had already persevered through challenges and adversity in her life. Miss Dhesi’s loss will continue to be felt by her family and friends as well as our community,” said Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer-in-Charge of Surrey RCMP. “I hope that there can be some comfort in knowing that a suspect has been now been charged.”


LAST December IHIT had announced that it had found one of the two vehicles they had been trying to locate since police found Dhesi’s body of 19-year-old Bhavkiran Dhesi inside a burning vehicle in the 18700-block of 24th Avenue in Surrey on August 2, 2017, at around 12:20 a.m.

The other vehicle that has yet to be found is a dark grey Dodge Ram truck.

According to an appeal made by police through Crime Stoppers in October, Dhesi was a student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She was described as one of the best friends anybody could ask for.

On August 2, 2017, when police arrived at the scene of the burning vehicle, the fire department had already extinguished the flames. Inside the vehicle was a deceased female that had sustained injuries consistent with homicide.

Dhesi was last seen leaving the family home, with the family car, at 9 p.m. on August 1, 2017, a mere three hours prior to the car fire.

While, Kiran was not known to the police, investigators believed that this was not a random act.

Although, police executed a warrant to a home in Newton shortly after the discovery of Kiran’s body; no arrest was made at the time.

IHIT Cpl. Meghan Foster of IHIT had said in August 2017: “Miss Dhesi was a college student, and had recently recovered from a kidney transplant. This death is a crushing blow to Miss Dhesi’s family, and they are suffering terribly.”

Anjali Dhesi, sister of homicide victim Bhavkiran, and her parents.
Photo by JAY SHARMA of Mahi Photo Studio

Dhesi’s family had made a public appeal last December to help to find those responsible for her murder. Her sister Anjali Dhesi said : “If you have any information regarding Kiran’s death no matter how small or irrelevant you may think it is, I’m pleading to you as someone who has lost their sister and friend to please come forward. Don’t hesitate to contact IHIT or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous. Any piece of information is important. Help us fight for her because she’s no longer here to do it herself.”