Parminder Jassal claims his 20-year-old son Kevin was murdered by a family member in India in March. 2013. A murder investigation has now begun in India, six months after Kevin’s death. Parminder Jassal was initially told his son had overdosed but the autopsy indicated poisoning.
RICHMOND – A murder probe has finally begun into the poisoning death of an Indo-Canadian man from Richmond, who died while on vacation in India.
Parminder Jassal claims his 20-year-old son Kevin was murdered by a family member in India in March. 2013.
A murder investigation has now begun in India, six months after Kevin’s death. Parminder Jassal was initially told his son had overdosed but the autopsy indicated poisoning.
Jassal says his son went out with his cousin and when they couldn’t find him later in the evening, they panicked.
Twenty-year old Kevin Jassal’s lifeless body was found by his dad at an abandoned at relative’s house in Ludhiana, India in February.
Relatives convinced Jassal his son overdosed on drugs but he says when the autopsy came back three weeks ago it showed cause of death as aluminium phosphide insecticide poisoning.
He believes someone gave his son the poison. Jassal says he had received threats from relatives there over money before his son died.
“Police are still investigating, they said they will know in about a week to two weeks what the details are,” says Jassal.
He’s also filed several complaints including one with Canadian Foreign Affairs.
According to the first information report filed in Punjabi by Ludhiana police, a special investigative team is leading a murder investigation into 20-year-old Kevin Jassal’s death, which happened in Ludhiana while on a family trip in March, reported the Province newspaper.
“At least we know (there’s an investigation now),” the young man’s father, Parminder Jassal said.
The father says family members in India fatally poisoned his son because they’ve threatened the family before when Kevin refused an arranged marriage to get out of debts.
Jassal believes his son’s murderers are responsible for spreading the “rumours” that Kevin was a drug addict as well.
“They spread it just to blame him for his own death which is wrong … totally wrong,” Jassal told the Province, adding he’s submitted letters from friends and family stating Kevin didn’t use drugs.