February 10, 2024 – The Peel Regional Police Extortion Investigative Task Force (EITF), supported by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has scored a big win with the arrests of four individuals. These arrests are related to recent incidents across the Greater Toronto Area since December 2023.

A press conference was held at Police Headquarters on February 7, 2024 by the task force to inform the community of the success and commit to the continued fight against extortions.

“This is a big relief”

Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown started his remarks by saying, “This is a big relief.” Mayor Brown commended the efforts of law enforcement, emphasizing the importance of public safety in the face of such criminal activity: “This was terrorizing our community. This was terrorizing the South Asian community.  And because of the great work of the Peel police and partner organizations, this is a big win for public safety.”

Peel Regional Police Chief Duraiappah reaffirmed the police’s commitment to ending this trend of extortion targeting the South Asian business community. “Despite the success that the team is seeing, our work is far from done and we will continue to devote the necessary resources to keep this community safe. This is non-negotiable for us.”

Superintendent Shelly Thompson got into the details of the arrests: “On January 24, 2024, members of the task force executed a search warrant at a residence in the city of Brampton. There were 4 individuals that have been arrested and charged. There were over 50 cells phones that were seized; 11 laptops; a large sum of cash; and a firearm with several rounds of ammunition.”

These arrests follow a targeted effort by law enforcement, including a raid on a residence in Brampton where multiple suspects were apprehended and where significant evidence was seized during the operation.

The suspects face charges including extortion, threats, and firearms-related offenses. Gagan Ajit Singh and Anmoldeep Singh, both 23 years old, are among those charged. They appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton for bail hearings.

Gagan Ajit Singh (left) and Anmoldeep Singh (right)

Hashmeet Kaur, 25, and Iymanjot Kaur, 21, also face charges and are scheduled to appear in court later. Another suspect, Arundeep Thind, 39, allegedly made threatening demands for money and has been charged with extortion.

Arundeep Thind

Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah emphasized the impact of these crimes on victims and their families. He urged any community members with information to come forward.

Anyone with information related to these incidents is urged to contact the Extortion Investigative Task Force at 1-866-966-0616, by email at taskforce@peelpolice.ca, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or through www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.