A day after Vancouver police issued a rare public warning related to six “targeted” gangsters, B.C.’s anti-gang agency has released a poster featuring the names and photos of more men who could be marked for violence.
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said the 11 people on its list pose a risk to anyone near them throughout the Lower Mainland.
CFSEU’s chief officer Manny Mann said the “release of names and photos of individuals who currently pose a significant risk to public safety due to their nexus to ongoing gang violence is another step in our collective and coordinated efforts.”
Included are Barinder Dhaliwal, 37, his brother Meninder, 27, and Damion Ryan, 40, who were all included on Vancouver’s list on Monday. As well, CFSEU named Shakiel Basra, 26, Albert Dario, 26, Samroop Gill, 28, Sumdish Gill, 27, Amarpreet Samra, 26, Ravinder Samra, 24, Joseph Whitlock, 28, and Min Zin, 21.
Meanwhile, a convicted kidnapper whose photo was released by the VPD on Monday, said he has hired a lawyer to get his name removed from the poster.
Harjit Deo told Postmedia that he was “shocked” to see himself on the TV news while at work on Monday.
“They’ve put myself on this list. And my brother as well. But honestly, since my charges in 2005, I have nothing to do with any of this gang stuff,” he said. “I don’t know anybody — all these (Brothers Keepers) names. I don’t even know them. I haven’t associated with any one of these people.”
Asked about the murder of his brother Sukh in Toronto in 2016, Deo said: “We really had nothing to do with that. We were here. He lived out there for a while. And you know, whatever happened there, happened there. It has nothing to do with what’s going on here.”
Deo said he doesn’t live with his father, who has hired lawyers “to clear his name.”
Deo has now contacted a lawyer and says the list is putting both he and his family at risk.
Lawyer Matthew Nathanson said he understands police wanting to take a proactive approach “in light of the recent public shootings,” but “listing people as top gangsters is problematic.”
“It defamed the character of those named in the absence of any charges, and often in the absence of any proof,” said Nathanson, who represents a client on the VPD list who he declined to name.
“Unless there is clear and compelling evidence that specific people pose an imminent threat to public safety, the police should not go down this road.”