Indian media is reporting that Sukhdool Singh Gill, who also goes by the alias Sukha Duneke, was shot and killed in Winnipeg on Wednesday, in what media is describing as a gang-related murder.
Winnipeg Police confirmed in a statement that a 39-year-old Sukhdool Singh Gill has been idenitifed as the victim in an ongoing homicide investigation but did not elaborate on his alleged gang connections.
On Wednesday, India’s National Investigation Agency released a list of 43 individuals accused of being involved in terror or gang related activities, some with links in Canada.
Duneke was ranked no. 33 on the list.
Ranked no. 1 is Lawrence Bishnoi, whose gang has apparently already claimed responsibility for the killing of Duneke.
As reported by NDTV, a Facebook post from Bishnoi’s gang said that the killing of Duneke was in retaliation to the killing of two other gangsters and that Duneke was a “drug addict” who got “punished for his sins”.
NDTV reports that Bishnoi’s gang has warned that “their enemies will not be able to survive in India or any other country for that matter.”
Bishnoi is currently serving time in an Ahmedabad prison on drug smuggling charges. He is also accused of involvement in the killing of famous Indian rapper Sidhu Moose Wala who started his professional music career in Brampton, Ontario.
According to the Times of India, Duneke was a “close associate” of Arsh Dalla, a man designated as a terrorist by Indian authorities who is believed to be hiding in Canada and is accused of being a member of the Khalistan Tiger Force.
That same report says that both Dalla and Duneke were trying to “resurrect” the Khalistan Tiger Force after the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar last June.
Canadian politicians have yet to comment on the reported killing of Duneke last night.
As diplomatic tensions between India and Canada continued to escalate, India announced in a statement that they have suspended all visa services in Canada in response to growing security concerns.
This came after both India and Canada expelled senior diplomats from their respective countries.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that Canadian intelligence officials were “actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the government of India and the killing of a Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar.”
Trudeau has yet to provide evidence to the public over these allegations despite calls from opposition leader Pierre Poilievre to “come clean” with the evidence.
This is a developing story.