Two Indo-Canadians to be tried for murder

Toronto, Feb 29 (IANS) The trial of two Indo-Canadians, who were charged with first-degree murder and manslaughter, would start on March 1, a media report said.

Gurjinder “Gary” Dhaliwal was charged with first-degree murder of teen Maple Batalia, while co-accused Gursimar Singh Bedi was charged with manslaughter with a firearm and being an accessory after the fact, a report in The Link newspaper said on Sunday.

Their trial is now scheduled in British Columbia Supreme Court in New Westminster city in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Batalia, 19 at that time, was fatally shot at Surrey Simon Fraser University campus on September 28, 2011.

Dhaliwal was her ex-boyfriend, and was charged, along with Bedi, in 2012.

Batalia’s family raised more than $50,000 for a bursary in her name, to benefit female students enrolled in Simon Fraser University’s health sciences programme, the report said.

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