Guns seized in Vancouver police takedown of Gill Group gang

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      Police have dismantled an alleged violent Vancouver criminal group called the Gill Group.

      Seven people were arrested and four guns seized as part of Project Temper against gang violence in the Lower Mainland.

      The operation was a joint effort by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-B.C.).

      A police media release stated that Crown Counsel has approved numerous charges against the gang members, including conspiracy to commit murder, firearms offences, and extortion.

      The alleged gang members were identified as Taqdir Gill, 21 years old; Hitkaran Johal, 19; Simrat Lally, 20; Walta Abay, 23; Pawandeep Chopra, 20; and two 17-year-olds.

      “Project Temper, a gang violence suppression operation, has resulted in the dismantling of the Gill Group. This violent crime group was comprised of several individuals including its leader, Taqdir Gill,” Supt. Mike Porteous of the VPD said in the media release.

      RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett, who is also Chief Officer of CFSEU-B.C., said that the joint operation against gangs will continue.

      “Our continued collaboration with the Vancouver Police, the RCMP, and other police agencies in the Lower Mainland, is critical,” Hackett said in the media release.