VANCOUVER – In 2008, brothers Aman and Jodh Manj drove through south Vancouver chasing their rivals during a period of violent gang violence on the Lower Mainland.
With the murder of 35-year-old Aman in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday – almost three years after Jodh was shot in Mexico – her life story comes to an all-too-familiar ending.
“You can go back generation after generation after generation, there seems to be some kind of attraction to getting into that kind of lifestyle,” said the retired Vancouver police chief. Mike Porteous said Thursday.
He recalled the intense investigation by the Vancouver police, Project Rebellion, which led to the arrest of Aman Manj and several rivals of the Sanghera and Buttar groups in 2009.
“They were hyper-violent and chased the others to gain control, but also just to survive and eliminate their enemies before they were eliminated themselves,” Porteous said.
“But you just can’t hold out forever. And finally, when your guard is down, you get it. It’s not a question of if, it’s just a question of when. And, you know, the fact that he was 35 years old for a man who led a lifestyle like that is probably lucky that he made him happy for so long. “
Aman had risen to prominence in the UN gang when his killer or killers finally caught up with him around 3:30 p.m. when he was sitting in a friend’s car in the underground parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.
Officials were seen checking the hotel surveillance video late on Wednesday evening. They also searched the hotel and residences in the building looking for witnesses and evidence.
VPD Const. Tania Visintin said Thursday that no arrests have been made. Police were investigating whether a burning vehicle found near Charles and Penticton Streets in east Vancouver was linked to the murder, they said.
“It’s very, very worrying that this kind of reckless behavior is happening in our city in broad daylight,” she said.
“Every time this type of targeted shooting happens, we always know there is retaliation.”
Manj had made many enemies in the drug trade over the years. Visintin said investigators do not yet know if his killing is linked to the lower mainland gang conflict that killed members of the UN, the Brothers Keepers, the Kang / Red Scorpion group and the Wolfpack that year.
Sources said he led a fairly public life. Aman was at a children’s birthday party at Langley’s Chuck E Cheese in February 2020 when Ravinder Singh Sandhu, 42, was shot dead in his vehicle while his two young children were in the back seat. Sandhu was related to Jodh Manj by marriage.
Last year he was sued by BC’s public guardian, who said in a lawsuit that he was responsible for caring for Jodh’s five-year-old daughter Emma, both as executor and beneficiary of his brother’s estate.
The lawsuit filed on August 27, 2020 identified Aman as a “businessman” who lived in his mother’s house on Fieldstone Avenue in Vancouver.
The public guardian noted that Aman had made an affidavit stating that at the time of his death his brother had a home in North Vancouver with a net worth of $ 650,876.87 and personal property worth $ 494,193.79 minus liabilities owned by only $ 1,315.92. The house was transferred to Aman’s name in July 2020, according to BC Assessment’s records.
The guardian requests a court order that the estate will support the girl financially.
In his defense statement last October, Aman said his late brother was neither the child’s father nor the uncle.
Both Manj brothers were the subject of successful civil recovery proceedings.
A lawsuit against Aman and an employee was filed by the UK government agency in May 2017 for less than $ 6,000 and multiple cell phones confiscated after a traffic stop.
“The VPD conducted a security search of the driver’s seat of the vehicle and found what looked like an aftermarket compartment under the center console,” the complaint said. The police also found radio interference devices in the vehicle’s truck. A small amount of residual methamphetamine and cocaine was found in the compartment.
VPD seized significantly more cash from Jodh – nearly $ 24,000 – when his mother’s home was searched in 2009.
Officials also confiscated restricted firearms and bear spray, the director of civil forfeiture’s lawsuit said.
In Manj’s bedroom, the police found “several cell phones, some active, many others inactive, several puffs of ecstasy in Ziploc plastic bags, black body armor hanging in Manj’s bedroom closet, $ 23,940 in Canadian currency in a shoebox under Manj’s bed and” Use of other controlled substances and firearms and trading implements. “
And the director claimed he made the money selling drugs and firearms.
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