Second man charged for assault during February 28 Brampton rally

ONTARIO’S Peel Regional Police on Thursday (March 11) announced that Jodhveer Dhaliwal, a 30-year-old man from Caledon, was charged for ‘assault cause bodily harm’ and is scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on a future date.

On March 5, Jaskaran Singh, a 27-year-old man from Toronto, was charged for assault and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on a future date

Peel Regional Police reiterated that they support the right to peaceful and lawful assembly. However, there will be no tolerance for violence or criminality, and all reported incidents will be investigated and those involved may be charged. 

They noted: “Peel Region is currently in the grey lockdown zone, in accordance to the provincial framework, and all gatherings, rallies, protests and peaceful assembly must follow existing provincial regulations and city by-laws. Provincial Offences Notices may be issued to individuals or organizers who do not comply with this order. This has been and will continue to be our service’s approach to support our community’s well-being and safety.”

Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah on March 4 had issued a statement concerning ongoing protests in the region. He said: “Our service is aware of video footage that has been widely shared on social media. It captures a physical altercation and other concerning behaviour during a protest/car rally held on February 28, 2021, in Brampton. We are currently investigating those incidents.” 

On February 28, the Indo-Canadian community had hosted a massive “Tiranga and Maple Car Rally” of hundreds of cars to celebrate the growing ties between Canada and India.

The organizers said that in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed so many lives around the globe, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come together in an effort to save lives by the supply of millions of vaccines.