Bindy Johal

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Johal Bindy
Born January 17, 1971
Punjab, India
Died December 20, 1998(1998-12-20) (aged 27)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Other names Bindy, RB (Ranj's Boy)
Occupation Mobster, Drug trafficker
Criminal charge
Conviction(s)

Bhupinder "Bindy" Singh Johal (January 14, 1971 – December 20, 1998) was an Indian born gangster who was raised and operated 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 Punjab, India, Johal migrated to Vancouver, British Columbia with his parents at the age of four. He was temperamental, increasingly violent over his school career, 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 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 and thus began the start of 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 "menace to society."[5]

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

Many young men in B.C. have been gunned down by gangsters who don't seem particularly scrupulous about time or location. One was shot dead in rush-hour traffic, another in front of his kids. One man was killed in an ambush while walking a dog; he was a victim of mistaken identity. Bhupinder Singh Johal himself was killed in plain view of 300 people on the floor of a crowded nightclub. If this were New York or Chicago or the City of Angels, this would have long ago achieved international notoriety - Paul Sullivan. The parallels to the Godfather movies don't end there. The dead have come from immigrant families. But they're not Sicilians who grew up in devout Roman Catholic families and confessed their crimes to the family priest. They're Punjabi's who grew up in devout Sikh households. [1][2]


The Punjabi Mafia (also known as the Indo-Canadian Mafia) is a criminal organization originating in British Columbia with gang members of Sikh-Punjabi descent and some Caucasian members. The gang, initially being liberal in its membership, became more ethnocentric over time. They are loosely affiliated and consist of several groups which may or may not work together. Some of these groups include, the Adiwal's, Cheema's, Buttar's, Dhak's, Duhre's, and several more. The Punjabi Mafia is notorious in British Columbia and operates in other provinces in Canada to a lesser extent. It also operates in some U.S. states including Washington and California. It is estimated that The Punjabi Mafia brings in roughly $80,000,000 - $120,000,000 annually in B.C.[1][2] They have been linked to the Independent Soldiers (IS), Red Scorpions, Lotus Triads, Hells Angels, and the United Nations gang in Canada although several members of the Independent Soldiers can also be grouped as part of the mafia as well.[1][2][6] Bindy Johal was accepted into the Punjabi Mafia in the early 1990s most likely through Ranjit Singh Cheema. Ranjit Singh Cheema and Robbie Kandola were among the few who had full control of the criminal organization. [7][8] According to Johal's former lieutenant Bal Buttar,[nb 1] Punjabi Mafia hitmen claimed contracts in Canada, the United States, and India. They are responsible for over 100 murders in Canada alone 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.[6] He was also suspected of being behind the hit on Robbie Kandola outside his Coal Harbour penthouse. Buttar suspected Kandola as the one responsible for his younger brothers death. He is also suspected to be the one behind Bindy's death. It is still up for debate whether he was killed because Bal feared Bindy would kill him or because Ranj and other major players turned on him. [1][2]

Johal was earning approximately $50,000 a week in his prime although there were members in the organization earning more than he was given that he was not the leader and still moving up the ranks.[9] He was also affiliated to the Dosanjh and Buttar brothers who were well known across the lower mainland for their brutal gangland slayings. [1][2]

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 gangster Ron Dosanjh and Jimmy Dosanjh, who were brothers.[10][11][nb 3] Jimmy Dosanjh was killed in February 1994, and Ron was killed in April 1994[11] 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.[11] 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.[10] 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][12] 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.[6][7][12][nb 6] Buttar was not convicted in the murder of Johal.[13]

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. [3]

Kash Heed, commanding officer of the 3rd Police District in Vancouver, stated that it was really disappointing that someone as bright and intelligent as Johal would turn to a life of crime. Young people who want to emulate gangsters like Bindy see the benefits of being a criminal, but do not see the danger of putting their lives at risk.[11]

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

Family[edit]

His father Gurdial "Joe" Johal Died February 24 2013

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][14]
  3. ^ The Columbian Services reported that the Dosanjh brothers were killed in 1993.[10]
  4. ^ On April 24, 1995 Johal's neighbor, Glen Olson, was shot and killed 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.[15]
  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 y z aa ab ac Stephen Schneider (December 9, 2009). Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada. John Wiley & Sons. p. 480. ISBN 978-0-470-83500-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k 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. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Indo-Canadian gangster Ranjit Singh Cheema killed". Punjab Newsline Network. AA Newsline Pvt. May 6, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ The Associated Press (April 11, 2000). "Tuesday's Canada News Briefs". AP Online (accessed via HighBeam Research) (Press Association, Inc.). Retrieved June 17, 2013. 

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