Punjabi man was shot dead in Canada on June 7, 2024, in what is believed to be a targeted killing.

The Royal Canadian Police have identified the victim as 28-year-old Yuvraj Goyal, who was originally from Ludhiana.

He moved to Surrey, British Columbia, in 2019 on a student visa and recently obtained his Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) status.

At around 8:30 am, Surrey Police received a call reporting a shooting in the 900-block of 164 Street.

Upon arrival, police found Yuvraj dead.

On June 8, police arrested four suspects – Manvir Basram, Sahib Basra, Harkirat Jhutty and Keilon Francois.

They have been charged with first-degree murder and have been remanded in custody.

Sergeant Timothy Pierotti said: “We are thankful for the hard work of the Surrey RCMP, Air 1, and Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team (IERT), but there is still more work to be done.

“Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) investigators remain dedicated to determining why Mr Goyal was the victim of this homicide.”

According to police records, Yuvraj had no criminal history.

The motive behind his murder is yet not known and an investigation into the matter is underway.

After graduating from Delhi University, he moved to Canada to pursue a Master’s in finance.

Yuvraj worked as a sales executive at Canada-based Basant Motors.

Back in Ludhiana, his father Rajesh Goyal runs a firewood business while his mother Shakun is a homemaker.

His mother said: “I spoke to him shortly before the incident.

“He was in his car, returning home from the gym early in the morning. He told me to go to sleep as it was nighttime here in India. He said he would call back later.

“I don’t think anyone can give us justice.

“No one can bring our son back, but the Canadian government must understand that parents send their children to Canada with a lot of dreams, not to get their lifeless bodies back.”

Highlighting past shootings involving Indian nationals in Canada, Shakun continued:

“Who should we blame?

“The Canadian government must realise that this is not the first such incident on their soil. They must strictly punish those who target innocents.

“Many such children have been killed in Canada before. My son never had even a minor clash with anyone since he went to Canada in 2019.

“Why was he targeted? Can anyone answer?”

She added that her son was “extremely happy and well-settled in White Rock, an upscale area in Surrey”.

Meanwhile, another relative thought Yuvraj’s murder may have been a case of mistaken identity.

Dr Ranjana Sood said: “According to local sources in Canada, it might be a case of mistaken identity.

“Someone else might have been the target, but Yuvraj was killed. This needs to be thoroughly investigated.”

A preliminary investigation suggests that it was a targeted shooting but the motive is still under investigation.

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