Indo-Canadian charged for shooting man outside gurdwara

An Indo-Canadian man, dubbed the "czar of Punjabi entertainment" has been charged for shooting a businessman outside a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia.

Updated: Sep 04, 2010, 00:55 AM IST

Toronto: An Indo-Canadian man, dubbed the
"czar of Punjabi entertainment" has been charged for shooting
a businessman outside a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia.
Radio India managing director Maninder Singh Gill
turned himself in to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
and made his first court appearance on Monday.

Gill, who has been called the "czar of Punjabi
entertainment," faces five firearms charges for allegedly
shooting businessman Harjit Singh Atwal outside a wedding
function on Saturday at a gurdwara in Surrey, according to
Vancouver Sun daily.

Gill, who has no criminal record, is now facing
multiple charges from the shooting, which is alleged to have
occurred after an argument with Atwal.

The two men and others had been involved in a feud
which had been running for months.

Atwal and two other men had sued Radio India, Gill and
some of the station’s news reporters over allegedly false and
defamatory news reports.

Gill and an on-air host had filed complaints with the
RCMP charging that they had been threatened.

Atwal is recovering from a gunshot to the thigh
suffered on Saturday outside the wedding attended by nearly
1,000 people.

Radio India broadcasts in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu.

Gill has run Radio India since 1999, after making a
name for himself as a promoter of Punjabi culture and music in
Surrey.

-PTI