Canadian held for gang-style killing of two Sikhs


Toronto: A man has been arrested on charges of killing two Sikh men of the Toronto area last year.

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Harjinder Singh Sandhu, 28, and Puneet Singh Chhina, 26, were killed here last May and their bodies were found in the trunk of their car in Pickering city near Toronto.

Police said Friday that they have arrested John Le, 38, of Durham on the outskirts of Toronto for allegedly killing the two men.

He faces charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, forcible confinement and use of firearms in the crime, police said, adding that more arrests were likely soon.

Though police said the killings had the pattern of a gangland-type hit, it is speculated that the Sikh men were killed over some unpaid cocaine debt.

Investigations have revealed that the two men had gone together May 4 last year for a meeting in north Toronto where they were killed.

Their bodies were dumped in the trunk of their car and driven to Pickering city outside Toronto.

After leaving their bodies in the vehicle, the killers escaped in another vehicle. The bodies were discovered next day.

Police were able to track the route taken by the killers from the cell phones of the victims.

From the DNA of the alleged killer found on the bodies of the victims, police were able find clues leading them to the suspect last month.

A possibly unpaid cocaine debt might have led to the crime because 28-year-old Sandhu was facing drug charges for smuggling 30 kg of cocaine – valued at $3.8 million – into Canada from the US in his truck in 2007.

Chhina too was a truck driver but out of work at the time of his murder.

Their alleged killer was remanded to custody by court Friday.