NEW DELHI: Sukhdool Singh, a notorious gangster based in Canada and on India’s most-wanted list of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), was fatally shot in Winnipeg on Wednesday, September 20, at the age of 29. This incident mirrors the killing of terrorist Hardeep Singh Nikkar during an inter-gang conflict in Surrey on June 19, where Nijjar suffered approximately 15 gunshot wounds.
Singh, also known as Sukha Duneke, was a member of the Davinder Bambiha gang, known for its involvement in a range of criminal activities, including extortion, drug trafficking, and murder. He was sought by Indian authorities for his alleged participation in several high-profile crimes, including the assassination of a Punjab police officer in 2021.
Singh fled India in 2017 and took up residence in Winnipeg, where he continued to conduct his criminal operations. In 2021, Canadian authorities arrested him, but he was subsequently released on bail.
Canada based gangster Sukhdool Singh, also known as Sukha Duneke, shot dead in Winnipeg (Canada). He was on the NIA's list of most wanted. pic.twitter.com/aPorbOevtq
— Mohit Singh (@coolindian) September 21, 2023
On evening of September 20, Singh was shot and killed while sitting in his car in a residential area of Winnipeg. Police are investigating the motive for the killing, but they believe it may be related to gang rivalry.
Singh’s death is a major blow to the Davinder Bambiha gang and to the criminal underworld in Punjab. It is also a reminder of the growing problem of gang violence in Canada.
According to Punjab police officials, Sukhdoor Singh Gill fled to Canada in 2017 and has since been running an extortion racket. His name also appeared on a list of forty individuals released by the NIA , suspected of involvement in terror-related activities.
Sukhdoor Singh Gill was allegedly affiliated with the Bambiha gang, known for its rivalry with the Lawrence Bishnoi and Goldy Brar gangs, according to the police. Gill is also accused of involvement in the murder of Kabaddi player Sandeep Naggal Ambian, who was fatally shot during a Kabaddi match in March 2022 in Punjab’s Mallian village. It is alleged that he provided shelter to the killers at a relative’s home in Amritsar.
Sukhdool Singh @ Sukha Duneke, a gangster who escaped to Canada from Punjab, India in 2017 on forged documents, was shot dead today in Winnipeg, Canada by unknown assailants.
The Punjab Police Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) believes he supported the DB gang and joined… pic.twitter.com/TFxOsVzsno
— Megh Updates 🚨™ (@MeghUpdates) September 21, 2023
In June of the previous year, an FIR was filed against two Punjab police personnel for allegedly assisting Gill in obtaining a passport. The FIR was registered on the orders of the Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) of the Punjab Police.
An investigation indicated that when Gill applied for the passport in 2017, two policemen who submitted his police verification report and criminal history were allegedly negligent in their duties. They did not report all the cases filed against him, even though he had seven criminal cases against him at the time. The police purportedly mentioned only five cases and omitted the two cases in which he was declared a proclaimed offender.
According to the details of the FIR, the Anti-Gangster Task Force, in a letter dated June 11, 2022, to the Moga police, stated, “Based on reliable information, Sukhdoor Singh Gill managed to obtain an Indian passport due to the negligence of the police officials in reporting his criminal history in the police verification report for passport issuance. A criminal case should be filed against Gill and the police officials involved.
Visuals from the residence of Sukhdool Singh aka Sukha Duneke of the Davinder Bambiha gang in Moga district of Punjab.
Sukha, a 'Category A' gangster, was killed in an inter-gang rivalry in Canada's Winnipeg earlier today. His name figured in the NIA wanted list released on… pic.twitter.com/uW6dfpGa1R
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) September 21, 2023
Canada is at the forefront of countries offering refuge to individuals accused of being involved in acts of violence. They have recently accused India of the political assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a member of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), without substantial evidence.
Here is the most recent list of countries and individuals involved:
- Arshdeep Singh, also known as Arsh Dala from Moga.
- Charnjeet Singh, also known as Rinku Bihla from Barnala.
- Gurpinder Singh, also known as Babu Dala from Ludhiana.
- Lakhbir Singh, also known as Landa from Tarn Taran.
- Ramandeep Singh, also known as Raman Judge from Ferozepur.
- Satveer Singh Warring, also known as Sam from Fazilika.
- Snover Dhillion from Amritsar.
- Sukhdool Singh, also known as Sukha Diuneka from Moga (recently murdered).
- Amrit Bal from Kapurthala.
- Anmol Bishnoi from Fazilika.
- Darmanjit Singh from Amritsar.
- Gaurav Patyal from Chandigarh.
- Gurjant Singh from Tarn Taran.
- Harjot Singh from Abohar.
- Karanvir Singh from Ludhiana.
- Kinderbir Singh from Tarn Tarn.
- Rakjesh Kumar from SBS Nagar.
- Rashpal Singh from Tarn Taran.
- Satinderjit Singh, also known as Goldy Brar from Mukhtsar Sahib
- Gurjant Singh, also known as Janta from Fatehgarh Sahib.
- Gagandeep Singh from Ludhiana.
- Harvinder Singh Sandhu, also known as Rinda from Nanded.
- Jackpal Singh, also known as Lali Dhaliwal from Moga.
- Jagjeet Singh from Ludhiana.
- Kuldeep Singh from SBS Nagar.Hong Kong
Ramanjit Singh from Bhatinda
Rohit Godara from Bikaner, Rajasthan.
Sandeep Grewal from Ludhiana.
Supreet Singh from Batala.”
Amid the India-Canada diplomatic standoff, Canadian MP Chandra Arya alleged that the extremist elements are “attacking” and “threatening” Hindu-Canadians to go back to India.
He has also urged all the Hindu-Canadians in the country to stay calm, and vigilant and report any untoward incident to law enforcement agencies.