Two men charged in connection to Vancouver slaying that involved bats, clubs, sword

Published: April 24, 2013
Manraj Akalirai

Manraj Akalirai, 19, was the victim of a fatal sword attack on Jan. 24, 2013, on Elgin Street near East 47th Avenue in Vancouver, B.C. Submitted photo/Facebook

 

IAN AUSTIN
VANCOUVER DESI

Two Vancouver men have been charged in connection with Vancouver’s first murder of 2013.

Amritpal Dhillon, 20, has been charged with second degree murder and 18-year-old Amritpaul Rakhra has been charged with manslaughter.

The charges relate to a Jan. 17 incident where an altercation between two groups ended in the death of Manraj Akalirai, 19.

Akalirai, who had recently graduated from Gladstone Secondary School, was attacked by a group of men who were armed with bats, clubs and a sword.

The two suspects made their first court appearance Wednesday.

“It was an ongoing dispute between the two groups,” said Insp. Laurence Rankin of the Vancouver Police Department.

The two suspects are not known to police.

“There was no involvement with gangs, no criminal records, not known to police,” said Rankin, who noted that at the time of the death “drugs was one operational theory.”

He wouldn’t elaborate on any possible motive for the attack.

Rankin said the vicitim’s family is out of the country.

“We’ve had ongoing communication with the family,” he said. “They are relieved, there is some sense of contentment.

“It won’t bring their son back.”

Rankin was asked if the two groups are still at loggerheads.

“There’s always concern about ongoing disputes,” he said.

Akalirai was allegedly swarmed by a group of men who left him mortally wounded in the middle of Elgin Road near 47th Avenue.

Vancouver police originally arrested and questioned six young men in connection with Akalirai’s murder, but to date only these two young suspects face charges.

Rankin said Vancouver has recorded two murders to date this year.

With these latest charges, Rankin said, suspects have now been charged in both of Vancouver’s 2013 murder cases.

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