On the death of a (former) gangster: Sukh Deo

March 20, 2017:  I have been derelict in updating this post.  I actually did hear back late last year from both the Federal Minister of Justice and from the Public Safety Minister, with respect to that whole Pindi and Interpol thing, and here are their replies, copied here verbatim:

First, on November 18, 2016, I heard from the office of the Minister of Justice: “Reply to your correspondence addressed to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada   October 18, 2016 7:46 AM

Dear Mrs. Tunay:   On behalf of the Honourable Jody Wilson‑Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence concerning Parminder Singh Deo. I regret the delay in responding.

I hope you will understand that, as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Minister Wilson‑Raybould cannot comment on a specific case or situation.

It may be helpful for you to know that, in Canada, Interpol is managed by the RCMP, which is an agency of Public Safety Canada and therefore falls under the purview of the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Accordingly, I have taken the liberty of forwarding a copy of your correspondence to Minister Goodale for his information and consideration.

Thank you for writing.  Yours sincerely,  A/Manager  Ministerial Correspondence Unit

and then on November 22, 2016, I received this letter from the Minister of Public Safety:


But here is Why foreign gangsters flock to Canada, because it’s a freaking party for them here and nobody sends the bastards home:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/honour-killing-sidhu-extradition-india-1.4032318   Malkit Sidhu has been found guilty in Canada of conspiring to murder her own daughter Jasswinder and her daughter’s husband in India, because she didn’t approve of her daughter’s marriage.  Now Sidhu’s lawyer is arguing that the co-conspirators, Sidhu and her brother Surjit Badesha, are “elderly,” and India’s prisons are not very nice.  And it’s gone to the Supreme Court of Canada.  It’s been 14 years since the murders.  You know what, I don’t care about those murderers’ problems, and I bet most Canadians don’t either.  I can’t think of a more cold-blooded and unjustified killing than the killing of a daughter by her own mother for ‘honor.’


August 09, 2016 at 10:44 AM EDM:  Interest in this mini-post has remained surprisingly (to me, anyway)* strong, so, I’ve decided to add a little more info regarding Sukh Deo’s probable drug tie-in, namely, something called ‘the Wolf Pack,’ ending with an edifying lesson that, unfortunately, the late lamented Sukh evidently paid no mind to…

For starters, the Hindustan Times reported that Sukh’s real name is Sukhvir, and the Deo family is from the Punjab, where daddy ‘Pindi’ is wanted in connection with drugs, meth, apparently, and corruption involving politicians.  For more on that story:  http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/punjabi-origin-gangster-shot-dead-in-canada-son-of-nri-wanted-in-bhola-drug-racket/story-TEKh2Y2YCFnTcG8jCR8OyK.html

Less than a week before Sukhvir bit the bullet, the Kamloops, B.C. Combined Forces Special Enforcement (aka drugs-and-organized-crime-cops) had gone public with their concerns that a coalition-gang I’d never heard of, the so-called ‘Wolf Pack,’ was “working to take control of the drug trade in Kamloops.”  There may be a significant connection to the murder of Sukh Deo, in my opinion, because the two events have a very tight connection in time, as well as a significant connection in space, since Deo was originally living in the Vancouver area.  For more on the drugs-and-organized-crime story:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wolfpack-gang-kamloops-1.3610925

And finally, a cop’s comments about Sukh Deo’s “Wolf Pack” and ‘wolf packs’ in general, made back in 2011:  “Wolf packs are not as tight as you think they are… There’s no loyalty among drug buddies.”  http://www.vancouverobserver.com/crime/2011/08/16/theres-no-loyalty-among-drug-buddies-cops-say-wake-gang-boss-killing

Duly noted.

*Since my interest in stories not personally connected to me in some fashion tends to be ephemeral.

Update June 13, 13:27 EDM:  I’ve just heard back from the author of that vancouver sun news blog, Kim Bolan, as to the whereabouts of Parminder Singh Deo and why he hasn’t been arrested yet.  She says:  “He lives in Metro Vancouver. So he’s not hiding, as he pointed out in a story I did about his charges last fall. India has to apply for his extradition, then there is a court hearing. That hasn’t happened yet. He told me he’s fighting it in India and will also fight in court here if India makes the extradition request.”  And you can read her comment, in reply to my own, on that article (see below).

Update June 13:  Here’s more on the background of the Sukh Deo assassination, which ties him to a gang called the Wolf Pack, as well as to the Hells Angels:  http://vancouversun.com/news/staff-blogs/real-scoop-murder-victim-sukh-deo-was-facing-drug-charges-in-ontario  Meanwhile, I’ve emailed Canada’s Justice Minister The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould:  http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members/Jody-Wilson-Raybould(89494)  to ask if the father, Parminder Deo, has been arrested, and if not, why not.

Update (June 12):  According to global news, I was wrong and Parminder Singh Deo  did come to Canada to identify the body of his son:  http://globalnews.ca/news/2748181/victim-of-toronto-shooting-identified-as-former-vancouver-gangster-suhk-deo/  which would raise the question of why has a man wanted by Interpol evidently not been arrested the instant he set foot in Canada?  and why would he have thought (evidently correctly) that he could come here without instantly getting arrested?  I’m not pleased.  And I still think Sukh Deo’s murder was connected to his uncle’s visit.  Oh maybe Uncle Sohan didn’t deliberately set up his nephew for a hit, but the visit and the death and the content of the visit are so closely tied in time that I warrant there’s every chance that information gleaned by someone as a result from that visit was used in the hit.  I don’t like it even when gangsters get gunned down.  I know some people think it doesn’t matter to the rest of us, but it does.  It says ‘f***k you, democracy’ and ‘f***k the law,’ from thugs who’d be the first to howl if they thought their rights to due process were being infringed on.  And I’m really unhappy that some thug from India has strolled into Canada apparently unaffected by the fact there’s an international warrant out for his arrest.


Former Vancouver gangster Sukh Deo was gunned down in Toronto yesterday afternoon; at least 14 bullets hit his car, in a move guaranteed to send a message:  http://vancouversun.com/news/staff-blogs/real-scoop-former-metro-vancouver-gangster-gunned-down-in-toronto-hit  But what was the message?

Well let’s see:  his brother, Harjit, also a member of the ‘Independent Soldiers’ gang:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_Soldiers  is in prison for kidnapping and extortion:  http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/sc/07/18/2007bcsc1893.htm and his father, Parminder, has had an Interpol warrant out on him, for being an all-around bad apple, it seems:  http://www.interpol.int/notice/search/wanted/2015-34489  since mid-September of last year:

Parminder Singh Deo

Oh, but according to the late lamented Sukh’s uncle Sohan in hometown Vancouver, Daddy Parminder is nonetheless rushing to the airport as I write this, to come to Toronto to see his boy:  http://vancouversun.com/news/staff-blogs/real-scoop-former-metro-vancouver-gangster-gunned-down-in-toronto-hit  Uncle Sohan, who had just visited the victim for “a few days” “in May,” and was at that time taken by the victim to where the latter’s “trucking businesses [sic] are,” “has no idea” why anyone would want to kill his nephew Sukh.

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and interpret what has been published about Sukh Deo’s death:  He was killed because somebody thought he’d squealed on his own family.   This is how, in my estimation, the facts stack up as of today’s media reports:   Papa Parminder’s had an Interpol warrant out for him, for about eight months.  Uncle Sohan goes to visit the kid not even a month ago; now, the kid’s been killed.   And I think that Uncle Sohan and his brother Parminder both know that Parminder isn’t coming back to Canada to get arrested.

But appearances are everything, evidently, in that milieu.  Nobody has to really believe in them; they just have to be kept up.  So too, must the appearance of innocence be kept up, which is probably much more important than actually being innocent, in that kind of a family…

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