More arrests in connection with Surrey gang conflict

RCMP have made nearly 800 arrests since end of November

  • Dec. 17, 2015 10:00 a.m.
Police are looking for Karnjit Randhawa

Police are looking for Karnjit Randhawa

By Kim Bolan, Vancouver Sun

METRO VANCOUVER — Six more men believed to be involved in the Surrey gang conflict are facing charges after a violent attack earlier this month.

Surrey RCMP said they were notified Dec. 5 that a man was being assaulted, threatened and held against his will near 86th Avenue and 130th Street.

“When police arrived several people were arrested in relation to this event,” Cpl. Scotty Schumann said.

Surrey residents Davjit Randhawa, 31, Sukhdeep Dhaliwal, 19, Chaten Dhindsa, 20 and Gurpreet Dhudwal, 18, have been charged with forcible confinement, robbery, assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.

A fifth suspect, Ravinder Samra, 28, was arrested Dec. 11 and is facing charges of forcible confinement, robbery, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

All five have been released on bail on strict conditions, including house arrest, no contact with each other, no cellphone and they must be in the company of their parents while outside their homes for any purpose.

Police continue to hunt for a sixth suspect, Karnjit Randhawa, 27, who is also charged with forcible confinement, assault and robbery.

Schumann said the victim is well known to police and continues to recover from his injuries.

Surrey RCMP Chief Supt. Bill Fordy said police are continuing to target those behind a series of shootings over the last year. All are believed to be involved in the low-level drug trade.

“We believe that arresting these individuals and advancing prosecutions against them will create a safer community,” Fordy said. “We will continue to aggressively advance a broad base of strategies on those that we believe are associated with the violent acts that have played out on our streets.”

Schumann said that both Surrey RCMP and the anti-gang Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit have made “significant headway in disrupting the low level drug trade and resulting violence over the past few months.

“As of November 29th, over 6,200 persons have been checked, almost 800 arrests and detentions made and more than 160 weapons and firearms have been seized,” he said.

Meanwhile, the RCMP has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Shakiel Basra, 21, who’s wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Surrey in September

and a kidnapping in Vancouver in October.

Anyone with information about the conflict is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP’s dedicated tip line at 604-915-6566.

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