“Innocent people have been caught in the crossfire in this gang warfare”
Will there be some major retaliation by the Dhak-Duhre group?
Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy Photo by Chandra Bodalia
FORMER solicitor general Kash Heed on Wednesday slammed Surrey RCMP’s Officer in Charge Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy for playing down the gang violence in Surrey after four murders on Sunday and Tuesday that have shaken up residents.
Surrey RCMP, that has been criticized for not reporting ‘shots fired’ and other violent crime to the media on a regular basis, added insult to injury on Tuesday with a press release that said Fordy “is assuring the citizens of Surrey that they are safe.”
It added: “While acknowledging that some residents may be fearful in the aftermath of a spate of high profile murders, Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy says that the murders all have a common theme – some relation to the criminal underworld.”
Fordy went on to say: “Surrey is safe because the overwhelming majority of its residents are law-abiding citizens with no involvement with criminal activity. Here, like everywhere else, is not safe for those involved in the violent underworld sub-culture where the ‘law of the jungle’ still prevails.”
Heed said: “I think making comments like that is part of the problem in the law enforcement approach. We predicted – I including you [Asian Journal] – that these unfortunate shootings would continue because law enforcement is not taking a comprehensive approach to dealing with it. They are highly reactive and the fact that you have the commanding officer of the area that’s had significant gang activities and murders making a comment like that is certainly not helpful in trying to deal with this problem.”
Heed added: “Innocent people have been caught in the crossfire in this gang warfare. Because it’s so public, the chances of innocent people being killed again are quite significant. Innocent people have been killed in the past.”
Kash Heed Photo by Chandra Bodalia
ON Sunday night (January 13), Manjot Dhillon, 27, of Surrey, associated with the Dhak gang, was fatally shot in the area of 168 Street and 76 Avenue.
* That same night John Edward McGiveron, 33, and Geordie Wesley Carlow, 33, both of Surrey, who were known to police, were shot dead in a parkade in the 9400 block of 128 Street, but their murders are not believed to be gang-related.
* On Tuesday morning (January 15), Manjinder “Manny” Hairan, 29, associated to the Dhak gang, was shot dead in the area of 127 and 112B Avenue and another person, who was identified as Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun, 25, by a mainstream newspaper, and who is also associated to the same gang, was seriously wounded.
SOUTH Asian gangsters killed last year:
* Sukhveer (Sukh) Dhak on November 26 in Burnaby
* Randynesh Raman Naicker (aka Randy Naicker) on June 25 in Port Moody
* Gurbinder Singh Toor on May 30 in Port Moody
* Ranjit Singh Cheema on May 2 in southeast Vancouver
* Sandip “Dip” Duhre on January 17 in downtown Vancouver
SINCE the Dhak-Duhre group seems to be suffering significant losses in the gang warfare between the Dhaks, the Duhres and some United Nations members, on one side, and the Hells Angels, the Red Scorpions and the Independent Soldiers, on the other side, I asked Heed if it’s possible that the Dhak-Duhre group plan some major retaliation.
Heed replied: “Retaliation is common in any gang warfare that does take place. What you see is one group retaliating against the other and if there are any individuals still associated to this particular group still alive they will be planning retaliation against who they think took out one of their members. That is the way gang warfare takes place and will continue to take place – it’s retaliation from one gang to another gang.”
He added: “You have to look at whether or not there are some close associates of the group that’s taking the brunt of these hits right now that want to get even, that want to protect their turf or their reputation.”
Sgt. Lindsey Houghton
ON Sunday (January 13), Surrey RCMP received a 911 call just before 7 p.m. about shots fired in the area of 168 Street and 76 Avenue. Police found Manjot Dhillon, 27, suffering from gunshot wounds lying on the road. He was transported to hospital, but was pronounced dead just after 11:30 p.m.
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) Sgt. Jennifer Pound said: “This shooting is a targeted shooting on the victim who was known to police.”
Dhillon, who Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – BC (CFSEU – BC) Sgt. Lindsey Houghton confirmed to Asian Journal had some associations to the Dhak group, had several trafficking convictions and had served a couple of terms in jail, according to one news report.
ALSO on Sunday, John Edward McGiveron, 33, and Geordie Wesley Carlow, 33, who were known to police, were shot dead in a parkade in the 9400 block of 128 Street. Surrey RCMP received a 911 call just before 11:30 p.m. about shots fired.
Police said: “At the time of the 911 calls coming in to Surrey RCMP a vehicle was seen fleeing erratically from the area North on 128th Street. The vehicle is described as a green SUV or pick-up truck towing a box utility trailer.”
Pound said: “A member of the public placed a call to the police shortly after the vehicle description was released, and the said vehicle was located eight blocks away from the crime scene.”
Pound said that both males were known to police. She added: “IHIT can say that evidence retrieved thus far does not support this homicide to be gang-related.”
ON Tuesday morning (January 15), just before 2 a.m., Surrey RCMP responded to shots fired in the area of 127 and 112B Avenue. Police found Manjinder “Manny” Hairan, 29, with gunshot wounds laying on the ground. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Pound said that the shooting was “a targeted, gang-related homicide” and added: “We are working closely with Surrey RCMP and the CFSEUBC in order to process the scene quickly and determine who is responsible.”
Later Pound announced: “Information was also received by investigators that a second male was injured and taken to hospital. His identity will not be released.”
But the injured male was identified as Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun, 25, by a mainstream newspaper.
CFSEU – BC Sgt. Lindsey Houghton told Asian Journal that Hairan also had associations with the Dhak group.
In December 2008, among the nine people arrested in a year-long Delta Police initiative, Project Gateway, involving drugs and weapons were three South Asians: Manjinder Singh Hairan, then 25, of Surrey, Sukhveer Singh Dhak, then 24, and Baljit Singh Pabla, then 20, both of Vancouver.
In October 2011, Asian Journal reported that Hairan was one of two males injured when a man wearing a balaclava approached a black Acura TL and shot all three males who were near the vehicle in a strip mall at King George Highway and 100th Avenue in Surrey. The other injured person was a 15-year-old boy.
Another male, Stephen Leone, 27, was killed. He was taken by BC Ambulance Services to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Leone was convicted of trafficking in 2009.
Police said that the other two male victims attended the hospital on their own and sought medical attention for non-life-threatening injuries. Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) spokesperson Sgt. Jennifer Pound said that it appeared to be a targeted, gang-related shooting. Leone and Hairan were said to be associates of gangster Sukhveer Dhak.
Khun-Khun was targeted in September 2011 while he was in his Nissan Murano in the 10100-block of 144 Avenue of Surrey. He was seriously injured but managed to pull through. He has had a history of getting in trouble with the law, starting in 2006, when he and another man, carrying replica handguns, told a truck driver they were private investigators and kidnapped him.
SGT. Lindsey Houghton told Asian Journal on Tuesday that the murders of Dhak associates Dhillon and Hairan is a continuation of the gang war that was sparked by the murder of Gurmit Singh Dhak, 32, of Vancouver, who was shot dead in execution style in a black BMW SUV on October 16, 2010, at a parking lot of the Metrotown Shopping Centre. Dhak’s brother, Sukhveer (Sukh) Dhak, 27, was gunned down on November 26 along with his bodyguard, Thomas Mantel, 30, in a Burnaby hotel.
When I asked Houghton where would all of this end, he replied: “I don’t know. The only people with 100 per cent power to end this are them. We have taken unprecedented steps as law enforcement agencies to issue public warnings, to tell people through the media that look if you associate with these people and we have named specific groups like the Dhak-Duhre group – if you continue to associate with these people, if you are friends with them, if you go in public with them, you are putting your personal safety at risk, you could be targeted alongside these people.
“But we continue despite our warnings and despite our best efforts as law-enforcement agencies, we continue to see these people who are involved in organized crime and the gang landscape continue their criminal endeavours and they thus continue to be targeted.”
I asked Houghton if gang alignments were involved or if this was just a free-for-all scenario.
He said: “It’s extremely dynamic and extremely fluid and groups that we saw polarized at opposite ends of the spectrum years ago, we now see working together. And that may last for a short period of time, it may last a long period of time, we really don’t know.”
He added: “At the end, it’s all about one thing – it’s all about making money.”
I asked Houghton if police were putting in additional resources to deal with gang warfare and if he thinks the situation is getting worse.
He replied: “We’re going to continue our very public efforts through the work of our uniformed gang enforcement team and those are the officers you see in uniform in the communities downtown Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, all the way out to Abbotsford and Chilliwack. Those officers will continue to work their efforts both on their reactive and proactive sides.
“We have made a commitment to offer any resources that IHIT (Integrated Homicide Investigation Team) as the investigative agency for these homicides – if they need anything from us, we will provide that to them whether that’s simply intelligence or information or whether that means physical people helping them do whatever needs to be done. We are here and ready to help them or any other law enforcement agency.”
IN December 2010, Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu said that the gangland shooting that month outside the Best Neighbours Restaurant on Vancouver’s westside Oak Street in which 10 people, including at least three gangsters with convictions for drug trafficking and violence, were injured was connected to Gurmit Dhak’s execution-style murder on October 16, 2010, at a parking lot of the Metrotown Shopping Centre.
Just a couple of months earlier, Abbotsford Police had announced publicly that the notorious Duhre Group – brothers Balraj, Sandip “Dip” and Paul Duhre had been around since the days of Bindy Johal – had taken over from the Red Scorpions (Bacon brothers) and the UN Gang in the Fraser Valley and that the police were determined to run them out of town.
CFSEU’s Sgt. Shinder Kirk told Asian Journal in 2010: “The Duhres have been around for many, many years. Again, it’s just that they are surfacing again in the midst of the instabilities and tensions that we are seeing.”
He added: “They were always there just like the Buttar group and just like the several other little groups of South Asians including the Manj brothers [in Vancouver’s South Slope area]. They were always actively involved; they just weren’t overly so in terms of their public exposure. But now as they’ve evolved, they’ve certainly stepped up into the mainstream.”
ALL those tensions that were building up culminated in the August 2011 shooting death of Red Scorpion leader Jonathan Bacon.
Bacon, Larry Amero, a full-patch Hells Angels member from White Rock, and James Riach of the Independent Soldiers along with two women, one of whom is related to several Hells Angels members in Haney, were leaving the entrance way of the Grand Hotel in a Porsche SUV on August 7 when some people in a Ford Explorer that had stopped behind their vehicle began shooting at the Porsche.
While Bacon was killed, Amero and the two women sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The woman related to several Hells Angels members was reportedly paralyzed. Riach, who was also injured, fled the scene.
Police said at the time that all indications are that this shooting was linked to organized crime and was targeted. There was at least one masked gunman and no one has been arrested in that incident.
THAT incident led to an escalation of the gang war: the Duhres, the Dhaks and some United Nations members versus the Hells Angels, the Red Scorpions and the Independent Soldiers.
The following month, Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun, an associate of the Dhak group was shot in his vehicle in Surrey. He was seriously injured but survived. The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s Gang Task Force, were then compelled to issue a warning.
They said: “We are issuing this warning to family, friends and others who are linked to these groups and highly recommend they take note of the risks when in contact with the Duhres and Dhaks, including their associates. We have reason to believe these people are being targeted by other criminal groups.”
They added: “We don’t do this every day, but we take this very seriously. Given the growing gang tensions and potential for violence in the Lower Mainland, we want to assure the public that every effort is being made to get ahead of this violence should it erupt again on our streets. We also want to ensure that people are warned that they could be in danger if they associate with the Duhre and Dhak group.”
In 2012 there was one killing after another with revenge executions taking place even as far away as Mexico.