Phuket police have CCTV footage of fatal gangster shooting

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Police investigating the murder of an Indian gangster shot dead in Phuket on Friday night say they have security camera footage of the incident. According to a Bangkok Post report, officers are reviewing CCTV footage of the moment 32-year-old Jimi Sandhu was gunned down outside his villa in Rawai, in the south of the island. His body was found in the grounds the following morning.

Sandhu, who had a history of criminal activity and links to gangs in Canada and India, entered Thailand by private jet on January 27, bearing a fake Canadian passport in the name of Mandeep Singh. Some reports state that he owned the Rawai villa he was staying in, while others say he paid rent of 100,000 baht and spent around 15 days a month there.

Officers are now reviewing footage of the 2 gunmen who ambushed Sandhu as he returned home just before 11pm on Friday, February 4. The men can be seen emerging from bushes as Sandhu arrives at the villa. They are dressed in white hoodies and short trousers and footage shows them shooting the victim several times before fleeing the scene. Police say their white hoodies were found discarded in a rubber plantation about 2 kilometres away and have been sent for DNA testing.

The Bangkok Post reports that there are now 20 police teams working on the investigation, checking the profiles and criminal records and possible motives of various individuals. Several people linked to Sandhu are being summoned for questioning.

The report goes on to state that Sandhu was born in India in 1990, emigrating to Canada in 1997 and living in Abbotsford, British Columbia. By the age of 20, he was wanted by the authorities in India in connection with 14 drugs factories operating across 3 states in the west of the country. It’s understood the narcotics were trafficked to Thailand, Canada, and Africa.

The victim was also involved in criminal activity, including illegal drugs, in Canada and eventually deported in 2016. Since then, he’s believed to have travelled back and forth between Dubai and Southeast Asia.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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