“I heard my mother’s last screams” A Canadian Sikh Family’s Fight Against Police Negligence

by Antariksh Singh

In a heart-wrenching incident that has gripped the nation, the sole survivor of a devastating shooting spree in Canada last year, which resulted in the tragic death of her Sikh parents, is calling for swift justice and criticizes the police for their alleged negligence. The brutal attack, occurring just before midnight on November 20, claimed the lives of Jagtar Singh Sidhu and Harbhajan Kaur, a couple in their 50s, at their rental home along the Caledon-Brampton border in Ontario province.

The couple was shot more than twenty times in a horrifying episode that has left their family shattered and seeking answers. Jagtar Singh Sidhu died on the scene, while Harbhajan Kaur succumbed to her injuries in the hospital. Their daughter, Jaspreet Kaur Sidhu, who witnessed the murder of her parents and narrowly escaped death herself, recounted the chilling details from her hospital bed.

Speaking to CBC News, Jaspreet shared the traumatic experience of watching her father being shot in front of her and hearing her mother’s final screams before silence engulfed the room, punctuated only by the sound of gunshots. Despite her critical condition, she managed to call 911, repeating, “Whole family shot,” in a desperate plea for help.

The Sidhu family, pillars of strength for each other, had dreams of a peaceful life in Canada. Jaspreet and her brother Gurdit Singh initially came to Canada as students and later sponsored their parents’ arrival. The parents, who had been in the country since July, were planning to return to India in January this year.

The siblings are now grappling with grief and a multitude of unanswered questions. Their quest for answers is compounded by a peculiar visit from an officer of the Peel Regional Police’s Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau, just four days before the tragic incident. Nearly two months later, the family remains in the dark, with the police stating that the investigation is ongoing and without any concrete evidence being presented.

The Ontario Provincial Police, leading the homicide investigation, have suggested that “multiple suspects” may have been involved in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity. However, Jaspreet criticizes the police response, highlighting a lack of communication and answers in the wake of the tragedy.

A spokesperson for the Peel police confirmed an interaction with the family on November 16 regarding an undisclosed investigation, but specifics remain scant. As the community mourns the loss of Jagtar Singh Sidhu and Harbhajan Kaur, the demand for justice grows louder. The surviving members of the Sidhu family, along with a grieving community, seek closure and accountability, hoping that their plea for justice will not go unheard.

Antariksh Singh

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