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Two Indo-Canadian Men From BC Involved In The Drug Trade Shot Dead In Edmonton

The bodies of Navdeep Sidhu and and Harman Mangat, both in their early 20s, were found in a southeast neighbourhood Wednesday afternoon.

EDMONTON – Two Indo-Canadian men from BC who were well known to police for their involvement in the drug trade were shot dead this week in Edmonton.

Police say the killings of Navdeep Sidhu and and Harman Mangat in the Alberta capital this week are connected to drug activity in the Lower Mainland.

The bodies of Sidhu and and Mangat, both in their early 20s, were found in a southeast neighbourhood Wednesday afternoon.

A passerby discovered them in a running, white Dodge Ram truck with B.C. plates.

An autopsy showed both died of multiple gunshot wounds and police say the killings were not random.

Officers responded to the Hills at Charlesworth at about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. On Thursday evening, police said an autopsy found both victims died from multiple gunshot wounds.

A man with the same name as Navdeep Sidhu and most likely him had forfeited his interest in a car used in an Abbotsford shootout to the B.C. director of civil forfeiture.

In a statement of claim filed Dec. 22, 2015, the director of civil forfeiture alleges two Nissan Altimas – one white and one blue – were used by gun-toting members of rival crime groups the day Abbotsford Indo-Canadian teen Harwindip Baringh was shot to death, reported Vancouver Sun.

No charges have been laid in the murder of the 18-year-old.

Baringh was associated to the “Chahil crime group,” the court document says, and was driving with a passenger in a Jeep Grand Cherokee through a residential neighbourhood the evening he died.

About 6:37 p.m., the Jeep pulled over on Sparrow Drive and a blue 2007 Altima occupied by Baringh’s associates Navdeep Sidhu and Jaskarn Lally stopped beside it, the suit says, reported the Vancouver Sun.

“The passenger window of the blue Altima went down and a conversation took place between the occupants of the two vehicles. The Jeep then drove away and the blue Altima followed behind.”

About 7:45 the same night, surveillance cameras show the Jeep and the blue Altima following a white Acura and the white Altima.

“Mr. Baringh’s Jeep and the occupants of the blue Altima proceeded to follow the white Acura and the white Altima around a turn on Sparrow Drive where they were ambushed by occupants of the white Acura and the white Altima, whose vehicles were parked and blocking the road,” the director of civil forfeiture alleges, reported the Vancouver Sun.

Someone in the Acura got out and sprayed the Jeep with gunfire … An occupant or occupants of Mr. Baringh’s Jeep shot back at the occupants of the white Acura and Altima.”

When police searched the blue Altima owned by Navdeep Sidhu, they found “bullet holes in the passenger quarter panel and windshield post that had been repaired with bondo putty. The windshield also contained a bullet hole on the bottom of the passenger side.”

The civil forfeiture director said the blue car “was used to conspire against and seek out associates of the Dhaliwal crime group that the occupants of the blue Altima were engaged in a violent conflict with.

“If returned to Mr. Sidhu, (the car) is likely to be used by him or his associates to commit further firearms offences and violent crimes that are likely to cause death or serious bodily harm,” reported the Vancouver Sun.

With this week’s murders of Sidhu and Mangat, Edmonton police have not reported any arrests in connection with the case and are asking anyone with information to call the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or contacting them online.

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