Radio India manager charged in Canadian shooting


The manager of a US radio station which directs its programming at the Vancouver, British Columbia market has been charged in a weekend shooting in Canada. 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.

According to the Vancouver Sun, Gill faces five firearms charges for allegedly shooting businessman Harjit Singh Atwal outside a wedding Saturday at a Sikh temple in Surrey, BC.

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 Saturday outside the wedding attended by nearly 1,000 people. 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.

Radio India, with its studios in Surrey, BC, LMA’s KVRI-AM Blaine, WA from Multicultural Radio. It broadcasts in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu.