VANCOUVER – One of the two Indo-Canadian men charged with second-degree murder in connection with a deadly sword attack in East Vancouver which took the life of a young Indo-Canadian man has been granted bail.
Manraj Akalirai, 19, died in hospital after being attacked by a group of men brandishing bats, clubs and a sword in January, reported CTV news.
Authorities said at the time Akalirai was found with “severe injuries believed to be caused by a sword,” but police haven’t officially confirmed which weapons were used in the attack.
Although no motive has been revealed in the killing, police earlier said they believed the killing was a result of “an ongoing conflict between two groups.”
Amritpal Dhillion, who was arrested and charged in the attack, was released on $450,000 bail Monday, with the condition that he must check in weekly with a supervisor.
Dhillion was ordered to live with his family and not have any weapons, nor use drugs or alcohol.
Amritpaul Rakhra faces one count of manslaughter in the deadly attack.
Akalirai’s death was the city’s first homicide of 2013.
Last week, Vancouver police said they were investigating a “targeted shooting” at the spot where a Akalirai was killed in a sword attack.
“Our officers attended and confirmed that shots had been fired at a home in the block. The attack was targeted and the investigation into who is responsible is ongoing,” VPD Const. Brian Montague told the Vancouver Sun last week. “There were people in the home at the time of the incident, but no one was injured.”
Montague said police are looking at a possible link to the earlier murder as part of their probe into Monday’s shooting.