• Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Canada

Indian student, 24, shot dead inside car in Vancouver

Chirag Antil, who reached Canada in 2022 from India’s Haryana state, was found dead in his Audi in an area where local people heard gunshots.

Chirag Antil (Picture: gofundme.com/f/chirag-antil)

By: Shubham Ghosh

IN yet another incident of an Indian national losing his life on foreign soil, a 24-year-old student from the northern state of Haryana has been shot dead inside his luxury car in South Vancouver in Canada, the local police have said.

In a statement, they informed that the victim, Chirag Antil, was found dead inside the car in the area after neighbours reported hearing gunshots.

“Officers were called to East 55th Avenue and Main Street around 11 pm on April 12 after residents heard the sound of gunshots. Chirag Antil, 24, was found deceased inside a vehicle in the area. No arrests have been made, and the investigation remains ongoing,” the police said.

Chirag’s brother Ronit told reporters that the former sounded happy when they spoke on the phone in the morning. Chirag later took out his Audi to go somewhere and that turned out to be final outing.

Varun Choudhary, chief of the National Students’ Union of India, the students’ wing of the opposition Indian National Congress, posted on X about the matter and requested the Indian external affairs ministry to assist the victim’s family.

“Urgent attention regarding the murder of Chirag Antil, an Indian student in Vancouver, Canada. We urge the Ministry of External Affairs to closely monitor the progress of the investigation and ensure that justice is swiftly served,” he said in his post in which he tagged external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Canadian high commissioner in India Cameron MacKay and the Indian consulate general in Vancouver.

“Additionally, we request the ministry to extend all necessary support and assistance to the family of the deceased during this difficult time,” he added.

Chirag’s family was also raising money through crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to repatriate his body to India, local media reported.

Ronit told a Canadian outlet that his brother was a kind-hearted and polite person and they shared a great rapport.

Haryana resident Romit Antil, the brother of Chirag Antil, told CityNews that he was a kind-hearted person.

Chirag reached Vancouver in September 2022. He recently finished his MBA course at University Canada West and received a work permit.

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