July, 2020

Harjot Deo, 21, charged with second-degree murder in Bhavkiran Dhesi homicide

HARJOT Singh Deo, 21, who was arrested on Friday, May 10 at Vancouver International Airport by Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) investigators, has been charged with second-degree murder in the homicide of Bhavkiran Dhesi who was 19 years old when her body was found inside a burnt vehicle at around 12:20 a.m. on August 2, 2017, in the 18700-block of 24th Avenue in Surrey. Deo was returning from a Canadian location.

Deo will make his next court appearance on May 27. He had been in a romantic relationship with Dhesi and had become known to IHIT investigators fairly early in the investigation.

IHIT Superintendent Donna Richardson and IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang. Photo by JAY SHARMA of Mahi Photo Studio

However, IHIT Superintendent Donna Richardson said on Monday: “Despite today’s announcement, I can tell you that the investigation is still active and our investigators are still pursuing several leads.  We know there are still those who have intimate knowledge of what happened to Bhavkiran who have yet to come forward.  I would like to remind those individuals that there is still opportunity for them to do the right thing.”

Anyone with information, who has yet to come forward to police, is urged to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

If they wish to remain anonymous, they should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald. Photo by JAY SHARMA of Mahi Photo Studio

“Miss Dhesi was a strong young woman with a promising future ahead of her. At her young age, she had already persevered through challenges and adversity in her life. Miss Dhesi’s loss will continue to be felt by her family and friends as well as our community,” said Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Officer-in-Charge of Surrey RCMP. “I hope that there can be some comfort in knowing that a suspect has been now been charged.”

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