Police Forces Take Down Violent Lower Mainland “Gill Crime Group”

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Desibuzzbc-Banner-Metrics-FinalDLKPolice seized four guns, arrested seven individuals, and recommended 20 criminal charges as part of Project Temper – a combined effort to tackle an increase in targeted violence in the Lower Mainland. The arrests include Gill crime group head Taqdir Gill, Hitkaran Johal,  Simrat Lally, Walta Abay, Pawandeep Chopra and two 17-year-old youths who can't be named. “Project Temper, a gang violence suppression operation, has resulted in the dismantling of the Gill Group. This violent crime group was comprised of several individuals including its leader, Taqdir Gill,” says Superintendent Mike Porteous, VPD. “We are committed to aggressively targeting people who pose the most risk to our communities, and we will continue to work relentlessly with other partner agencies, like CFSEU-BC.”

By PD Raj – Senior Writer DESIBUZZCanada

VANCOUVER – Vancouver Police and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) have taken down what they say is a major crime group involving a number of South Asian men.

Police seized four guns, arrested seven individuals, and recommended 20 criminal charges as part of Project Temper – a combined effort to tackle an increase in targeted violence in the Lower Mainland.

 “Project Temper, a gang violence suppression operation, has resulted in the dismantling of the Gill Group. This violent crime group was comprised of several individuals including its leader, Taqdir Gill,” says Superintendent Mike Porteous, VPD. “We are committed to aggressively targeting people who pose the most risk to our communities, and we will continue to work relentlessly with other partner agencies, like CFSEU-BC.”

 “Our continued collaboration with the Vancouver Police, the RCMP, and other police agencies in the Lower Mainland, is critical. The coordinated and strategic engagement, disruption, and enforcement efforts that we have collectively undertaken since the start of this joint operation will continue as part of our long-term regional strategy,” says Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett, Chief Officer, CFSEU-BC.

Seven arrests have been made and the following charges have been approved by Crown Counsel:

Taqdir Gill, 21 years old, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit arson, conspiracy to discharge a firearm, possession of a loaded restricted firearm, occupy a vehicle knowing a firearm is present, and extortion.

 Hitkaran Johal, 19 years old, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit arson.

 Simrat Lally, 20 years old, has been charged with conspiracy to discharge a firearm, conspiracy to commit arson, occupy a vehicle knowing a firearm is present, and two counts of possessing a firearm without a license/registration.

 Walta Abay, 23 years old, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a loaded restricted firearm, and occupying a vehicle knowing a firearm is present.

 Pawandeep Chopra, 20 years old, has been charged with possession of a loaded restricted firearm.

 A youth, 17 years old at the time of offence, has been charged with conspiracy to discharge a firearm, possess a firearm without a license/registration, and occupy a vehicle knowing a firearm is present.

 A youth, 17 years old at the time of offence, has been charged with conspiracy to commit arson.

DLKThe VPD is asking any member of the public, who has information on any violent crime, to please contact them at 604-717-0505 or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

No further information is available at this time as the charges are currently before the courts.

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