Gurjot Singh, 20, from Thammangarh village in Bathinda was shot in Brampton city in Ontario province of Canada on Wednesday. His family members here are not yet aware of the details of the tragic incident but said the locals on Orenda area of Brampton heard gunshots and rushed Gurjot to hospital, where he succumbed to injuries.
Gurjot had migrated to Canada nearly 14 months ago after clearing the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and taken up a course in computer programming there. He was only four when his father Jagjit Singh and mother Swarandeep Kaur died in an accident in 2002. After his parents’ death, his maternal uncle Avatar Singh took care of Gurjot and his younger sister Navreet Kaur.
“I got a call from Canadian police yesterday, saying Gurjot had been killed due to some rivalry. Some unknown person had fired three shots at him. They did not disclose the reason behind the killing. Gurjot was a normal guy, and had no enemies,” Avatar told TOI. The family is into agriculture and building material business at nearby town of Maur.
“We are also trying to contact the Punjabis in Brampton, to know the reason behind his killing,” he added.
Brampton is the favoured destination of Punjabis in Canada, and quite a few are settled there. However, the community has also faced issues due to some Punjabis getting involved in fighting and drugs. A lot of killings of Punjabi youths have taken place in Brampton in the last few years and the natives now prefer not to rent out their premises to them.