Bindy Johal

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Bhupinder "Bindy" Singh Johal
Born January 14, 1971
India
Died December 20, 1998(1998-12-20) (aged 27)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Other names Bindy, B, Boss
Occupation Organized crime leader, drug trafficker
Criminal charge
Conviction(s)

Bhupinder "Bindy" Singh Johal (January 14, 1971 – December 20, 1998) was an Indian-born organized crime leader who lived in British Columbia, Canada. A self-admitted drug trafficker;[3] he was known for his outspoken nature and blatant disregard for authority. His quote "..I'm still around" has been sensationalized by Canadian pop-culture. On December 20, 1998, he was killed in an execution-style murder at a crowded nightclub in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Early life[edit]

Born in India, Johal moved at a young age to Vancouver, British Columbia in the late 1970s. He was temperamental, increasingly violent at school and "didn't take well to discipline."[4]

Johal was expelled from Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School and was sentenced to 60 days in jail after he "brutally" assaulted his vice-principal in 1989. Having moved to Richmond, British Columbia, Johal enrolled in McNair Secondary School. Johal vandalized and smashed in the window of a car using a baseball bat and was convicted of possession of a dangerous weapon. Johal enrolled in college but dropped out after his first semester in order to fully pursue his criminal career.[1][4]

He was charged with aggravated assault for beating two men in a bar with a broken beer bottle in 1997.[1] When imprisoned, Johal was labelled a "Punjabi Gangster."[5]

The Punjabi Mafia and Johal's criminal activity[edit]

The Punjabi Mafia (also known as the Indo-Canadian Mafia) is a criminal organization originating in Punjab with gang members of Jatt Sikh East Indian descent. The gang, initially being liberal in its membership, became more ethnocentric over time. The Punjabi Mafia is notorious in British Columbia and operates in other provinces in Canada. It also operates in some U.S. states including Washington and California. The mafia can be divided into separate factions which may or may not work together. Some of these groups include the Adiwal's, Dhak group, Duhre group, and several other families. [6] Members from other predominately Indo-Canadian gangs such as The Independent Soldiers may also be considered part of the Punjabi Mafia. It is estimated that The Punjabi Mafia brings in roughly $80,000,000 - $120,000,000 annually in British Columbia alone.[1][2] They have been linked to the Red Scorpions, Lotus Triads, Hells Angels, and the United Nations gang in Canada.[1][2][7] Bindy Johal was accepted into the Punjabi Mafia in the early 1990s.[8][9] According to Johal's former lieutenant Bal Buttar,[nb 1] Punjabi Mafia hitmen claimed contracts in Canada, the United States, and India. The Punjabi Mafia is responsible for over 100 murders in Canada and the majority of those murders still remain unsolved.[1][2] Buttar admitted to performing several executions, as well as the unsuccessful attempt to kill Johal's associate and former brother-in-law, Peter Gill.[7]

Johal was reported to have trafficked cocaine with Raj Benji and Ranjit Singh Cheema. Johal was earning approximately $70,000-$80,000 a week.[10]

A man named Randy Chan was kidnapped on October 25, 1996 and Johal was charged with his kidnapping. Reportedly Chan had sold "diluted" cocaine to Roman Mann, one of Johal's associates.[1][3] Chan was allegedly held captive for 50[3] or 56 hours,[1] part of which was spent in an automobile truck. Johal negotiated Chan's release with his brother in exchange for five kilos of cocaine. Chan's brother was Raymond Chan, a gang member of the Chinese criminal organization called the "Lotus".[1][3][nb 2]

Dosanjh murders[edit]

Johal was suspected in the murders of drug dealer Ron Dosanjh and Jimmy Dosanjh, who were brothers.[12][13][nb 3] Jimmy Dosanjh was killed in February 1994, and Ron was killed in April 1994[13] or on April 19, 1995. Johal believed that Jimmy Dosanjh had taken out a contract to kill him for over C$230,000, according to Crown prosecutors.[1] [nb 4]

Because of the required security for the trial, it was one of the most expensive trials in Canadian history.[13] His former brother-in-law, Peter Gill was also accused. The accused, including Gill and Johal, were acquitted. During and following the trial, Gill had an affair with one of the jurors named Gillian Guess.[12] Guess was sentenced to 18 months after being convicted of obstruction of justice.[1] Gill was tried and convicted of the same crime and sentenced to 6 years in prison.[2]

The Crown appealed the acquittal of Johal and other defendants,[nb 5] but Johal was killed before the new trial began.[1] Gill was not retried.[2]

Death[edit]

On December 20, 1998, Johal was dancing at the Palladium Nightclub in Vancouver when he was shot from behind at 4:30 a.m. No witnesses were able to describe the assailant.[1][15] Four months prior to Johal's death, "at least four of Johal's associates had also been killed".[1] In 2004, before he died, Bal Buttar told a reporter that he ordered the assassination of Johal, fearing that if he didn't do it, Johal would have had him murdered.[7][8][15][nb 6] Buttar was not convicted in the murder of Johal.[16]

Johal was identified as one of the individuals in the Indo-Canadian community who sought criminal activity as a means of fast success and money, a glamorized lifestyle and to curb racial discrimination and abuse:

"Why do you think Bindy Johal was a hero to many young Indo-Canadians? His legend had spread wide in the past few years among Indians not only here but also in Toronto and Montreal, New York and San Francisco. He stood up to his school principals, he beat up those who called him racial names -- and he was making a lot of money even though he was in his mid-twenties. He drove fancy cars, he had girls falling all over him."[3]

Kash Heed, commanding officer of the 3rd Police District in Vancouver, stated that young people who want to emulate gangsters, like Johal, saw the benefits of being a criminal but did not see the danger of putting their lives at risk.[13]

It was reported that shortly before his death Johal had said that he was going to stop drug trafficking and get married.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bal Buttar, shot had been shot in the head in August, 2001 which left him a quadriplegic.[1]
  2. ^ Roman Mann, also charged in the kidnapping of Randy Chan, was killed before the kidnapping trial was set to commence. He reportedly had wanted to get out of the Indo-Canadian Mafia due to the increasing danger of being in the gang; He was beaten by Johal when he expressed his plan. Mann was shot in the back of the head and his body was found under the Queensborough Bridge. In 2003, a group of men had beaten Raymond Chan to death.[1][11]
  3. ^ The Columbian Services reported that the Dosanjh brothers were killed in 1993.[12]
  4. ^ On April 24, 1995 Johal's neighbor, Glen Olson, was fatally shot when walking his dog. Police believe that the assassins mistakenly killed Olson, and the intended victim was Johal.[1]
  5. ^ Other defendants include: Raj Benji, Mike Budai, Peter Gill, Phil Kim, and Sun News Lal.[14]
  6. ^ An anonymous, "underground" source reported that C$250,000 was paid by the Lotus gang for the murder of Johal in retaliation of the kidnapping of Randy Chan.[3] The kidnapping trial was set to commence with two months of his murder; Johal would have served up to 10 years if he had been convicted.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Stephen Schneider (December 9, 2009). Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada. John Wiley & Sons. p. 480. ISBN 978-0-470-83500-5. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Jerry Langton (January 25, 2013). The Notorious Bacon Brothers: Inside Gang Warfare on Vancouver Streets. John Wiley & Sons. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-118-40457-7. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Arthur J Pais (June 24, 1999). "Arrest of Southeast Asian Mobsters in Vancouver Could Be A Serious Blow To Indo-Canadian Gangsters". Rediff on the net. Rediff. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Jerry Langton (January 25, 2013). The Notorious Bacon Brothers: Inside Gang Warfare on Vancouver Streets. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 40, 42. ISBN 978-1-118-40457-7. 
  5. ^ Bonnie Fournier (November 2010). Mugged, Drugged and Shrugged: The Wrong Side of the Eastside. Trafford Publishing (UK) Limited. p. 96. ISBN 978-1-4251-2506-6. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Indo-Canadian gangster Ranjit Singh Cheema killed". Punjab Newsline Network. AA Newsline Pvt. May 6, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "Notorious gang hitman Bal Buttar succumbs to infection at age 35". Vancouver Sun. canada.com. November 5, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "How the Canadian dream turned bloody". Hindustan Times (accessed via HighBeam Research) (New Delhi, India: McClatchy-Tribune Information Services). August 7, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ Jerry Langton (January 25, 2013). The Notorious Bacon Brothers: Inside Gang Warfare on Vancouver Streets. John Wiley & Sons. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-118-40457-7. 
  10. ^ "Indo-Canadian gangster Ranjit Singh Cheema killed". Punjab Newsline Network. AA Newsline Pvt. May 6, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ Jerry Langton (January 25, 2013). The Notorious Bacon Brothers: Inside Gang Warfare on Vancouver Streets. John Wiley & Sons. p. 50. ISBN 978-1-118-40457-7. 
  12. ^ a b c Associated Press (January 3, 1999). "Murder Illustrates Vancouver B.C. Drug Problem". The Columbian (accessed via HighBeam Research) (Vancouver, WA: McClatchy-Tribune Information Services). Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d DeNeen L. Brown (July 22, 2004). "Vancouver Struggles With Gang Violence; Long Cycle of Drug-Related Homicides Plagues Indian Immigrant Community". The Washington Post (accessed via HighBeam Research) (Washingtonpost Newsweek Interactive). Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ The Associated Press (April 11, 2000). "Tuesday's Canada News Briefs". AP Online (accessed via HighBeam Research) (Press Association, Inc.). Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Jerry Langton (January 25, 2013). The Notorious Bacon Brothers: Inside Gang Warfare on Vancouver Streets. John Wiley & Sons. p. 59. ISBN 978-1-118-40457-7. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Gangster who 'killed for a living' jailed". Hindustan Times (accessed via HighBeam Research) (New Delhi, India: McClatchy-Tribune Information Services). December 4, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 

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