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Peel Regional Police launches task force in response to extortion investigations

December 22, 2023  By Peel Regional Police

Dec. 22, 2023, Mississauga, Ont. – Peel Regional Police (PRP) is currently investigating a disturbing trend of extortion attempts. These attempts are primarily targeted towards members of PRP’s South Asian business community. Victims are contacted through a variety of social media platforms and demands for money are made under threats of violence, which have occurred in some incidents. Nine incidents are currently being investigated.

On Dec. 9, PRP arrested Tanmanjot Gill, a 23-year-old man from Abbotsford, B.C., for discharging a gun and firing multiple rounds at a business near Rutherford Road South and Clark Boulevard in Brampton. Officers are looking for a second suspect, described as a South Asian male of medium build wearing a grey sweatshirt at the time of the incident, who later changed into a black sweatshirt with a white X on the back.

In response to these incidents, PRP has launched an Extortion Investigative Task Force (EITF). This will be a dedicated team comprised of investigative and intelligence units supported by their tactical teams. The EITF will continue to work with community members and other law-enforcement agencies on the investigations.

“This has caused grave safety and security concerns among our community members,” said Chief Nishan Duraiappah. “Terrorizing our residents will not be tolerated and Peel Regional Police will devote the resources to pursue those who are responsible.”


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