GANGSTER KILLED

For third time this year, a Metro bad guy has been shot to death in Mex­ico

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For the third time this year, a Metro Van­cou­ver gangster has been shot to death in Mex­ico.

Jodh Singh Manj, 31, was gunned down af­ter leav­ing a gym in a com­mer­cial com­plex in the Mex­ico City neigh­bour­hood of Santa Fe.

He was get­ting into a ve­hi­cle in the build­ing’s park­ing lot with his wife when masked gun­men opened fire about 1:30 p.m. lo­cal time on Wed­nes­day.

His Colom­bian wife was not in­jured.

Manj, who grew up on Van­cou­ver’s south slope, is a mem­ber of the United Na­tions gang and had been spend­ing long pe­ri­ods of time in Mex­ico for years.

Po­lice sources say he main­tained links with Mex­i­can car­tels to bro­ker bulk co­caine ship­ments to Canada that would then be sold by the gang.

He was also a sus­pect in the 2012 mur­der in of In­de­pen­dent Sol­dier gangster Randy Naicker in Port Moody, although Manj was never charged. Two oth­ers linked to the UN ear­lier pleaded guilty to roles in the Naicker mur­der con­spir­acy.

Po­lice also say Manj’s vi­o­lent demise in Mex­ico is likely an in­di­ca­tion that B.C.’s bloody gang war be­tween the UN and the Wolf Pack gang coali­tion has spilled over into that coun­try.

The Wolf Pack was formed in 2010 by some Hells An­gels, some In­de­pen­dent Sol­diers mem­bers, and some Red Scor­pion gang­sters.

On Aug. 24, Wolf Pack as­so­ciate and for­mer Metro Van­cou­ver res­i­dent Na­bil Alkhalil was shot to death in a lux­ury car deal­er­ship in a wealthy sub­urb of Mex­ico City. His brother Robby re­mains in cus­tody in B.C., charged with the 2012 mur­der of high-pro­file gangster Sandip Duhre in Van­cou­ver’s Wall Cen­tre.

And a week ear­lier, on Aug. 17, West Van­cou­ver’s Guiseppe Bugge, who po­lice de­scribe as a Hells An­gels as­so­ciate, was fa­tally shot in a posh shop­ping cen­tre in Guadala­jara.

Manj’s mur­der could have been in re­tal­i­a­tion for the slay­ings of Alkhalil and Bugge, both de­scribed as “tar­gets of the UN,” Post­media sources said Thurs­day.

One high-pro­file Hells An­gel was post­ing glee­ful com­ments on his In­sta­gram Wed­nes­day be­lieved to be ref­er­enc­ing Manj’s mur­der.

Sgt. Brenda Win­penny, of the anti-gang Com­bined Forces Spe­cial En­force­ment Unit, said Manj’s death shows that those caught in the vi­o­lent gang life­style can’t es­cape it by flee­ing Canada.

“There have been mul­ti­ple mur­ders of gang mem­bers, many of them high-pro­file, in Mex­ico over the years and re­cently,” Win­penny said. “Gang mem­bers who think they can hide out in for­eign coun­tries are naive to think they’ll be able to es­cape the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of their neg­a­tive de­ci­sions and ac­tions — whether that’s from the po­lice or from those who want them dead.”

VPD Supt. Mike Por­te­ous said po­lice have been aware of Manj for over a decade.

He said he was “al­ways in con­flicts with other gang fig- ures, in­volved in vi­o­lence across Greater Van­cou­ver, the south slope, drugs, most of the gamut of any kind of gang re­lated crime.”

Richard Walker, a spokesman for Global Af­fairs Canada, said the de­part­ment “is aware of the death of a Cana­dian ci­ti­zen in Mex­ico. We of­fer our deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­ily and friends of the Cana­dian ci­ti­zen.”

“Con­sular ser­vices are be­ing pro­vided to the fam­ily. Cana­dian con­sular of­fi­cials are in con­tact with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to gather ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

—SPECIALTO POST­MEDIA NEWS

JODH SINGH MANJ

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