Maple Ridge mother, uncle arrested for murder

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Police have made two recent arrests in connection with the 2000 murder of Maple Ridge resident Jaswinder (Jassi) Kaur Sidhu, 25, in India.

Malkit Kaur Sidhu, 63, mother of Jaswinder, and Surjit Singh Badesha, 67, Jaswinder's uncle, both of Maple Ridge, were arrested Friday under the Extradition Act. Both are in jail awaiting an extradition hearing.

Jaswinder Sidhu was murdered on June 8, 2000 in the Punjab in northern India, said a news release from the RCMP's E Division.

Seven others have already been convicted in India for charges including murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder, in relation to the death of Jaswinder Sidhu and the attempted murder of her husband, Sukwinder Singh Sidhu, RCMP said. Husband Sukwinder was seriously injured in the attack.

"This latest development culminates an exhaustive 11-year international investigation," RCMP said.

Ridge Meadows detachment did some investigation on behalf of the Indian investigation but in 2004, the RCMP E Division serious crimes unit took over and worked with the Indian Police Service and the Punjab Police Service to pursue extradition of Canadian citizens.


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