During a severe time of gang violence in the Lower Mainland in 2008, brothers Aman and Jodh Manj were driving around south Vancouver looking for their adversaries.
According to retired Vancouver police superintendent Mike Porteous, “you can go back generations after generations after generations, there seems to be some sort of propensity to enter into this kind of lifestyle.”
He thought back to the extensive VPD investigation known as Project Rebellion, which in 2009 resulted in the detention of Aman Manj and many opponents from the Sanghera and Buttar organisations.
According to Porteous, “They were hyper-violent and they hunted the others for control, but also for survival and to wipe out their enemies before they themselves were eliminated.”
But that simply cannot continue indefinitely. You eventually receive it when your guard is down. The question is not if it will happen, but rather when. And, regrettably, he’s probably lucky to have survived that long given that he was 35 for a man leading that kind of lifestyle.
When his killer or killers finally found Aman, he had advanced significantly within the United Nations gang. He was sitting in a friend’s car in the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel’s underground parking garage at the time.
In the late Wednesday evening hours, officers were observed watching hotel security footage. In search of witnesses and evidence, they also searched the nearby hotel and apartments.
According to VPD Const. Tania Visintin, no arrests have been made as of Thursday. According to her, police were looking into whether a burned car that was discovered in east Vancouver at Charles and Penticton streets was connected to the homicide.
The fact that this reckless behaviour was taking place in our city in broad daylight, she remarked, was “very, extremely frightening.”
“We always know that retaliation follows this type of targeted shooting whenever it occurs.”
In the drug trade, Manj had amassed a large number of opponents over the years. According to Visintin, authorities are still trying to determine whether the UN, Brothers Keepers, Kang/Red Scorpion group, and Wolfpack deaths this year are related to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.
According to sources, he led a pretty public life. When Ravinder Singh Sandhu, 42, was fatally shot inside his car in February 2020 as his two young children sat in the back seat, Manj was at a children’s birthday celebration at Langley’s Chuck E. Cheese. A related by marriage was Sandhu.
The public guardian of British Columbia sued Manj last year, alleging that as both the executor and a beneficiary of his brother’s estate, he was obligated to care for Jodh’s five-year-old daughter Emma.
Manj was described as a “businessman” who resided at his mother’s house on Fieldstone Avenue in Vancouver in the statement of claim submitted on August 27, 2020.
The public guardian noticed that Manj had signed an affidavit claiming his brother owned a house in North Vancouver with a net value of $650,876.87 and personal property valued at $494,193.79, less liabilities of just $1,315.92. According to B.C. Assessment records, the house was transferred into Aman’s name in July 2020.
The guardian is requesting a court order mandating that the estate support the girl financially.
Manj claimed in his statement of defence submitted in October of last year that his deceased brother was neither the child’s father nor his uncle.
There had been successful civil forfeiture proceedings involving both Manj brothers.
The B.C. government agency sued Aman and a companion in May 2017 over less than $6,000 and several cellphones seized following a traffic stop.
The statement of claim stated, “The VPD did an officers safety inspection of the vehicle’s driver’s seat area and located what looked to be an aftermarket compartment underneath the centre console.” The vehicle’s trunk included jamming equipment for radio communications, according to the police. The compartment contained a trace amount of methamphetamine and cocaine.
Almost $24,000 worth of additional cash was taken from Jodh by VPD during a 2009 search of his mother’s home.
According to the claim made in the lawsuit by the director of civil forfeiture, officers also seized bear spray and restricted guns.
Police discovered “a number of cellphones, some of which were active and many of which were inactive, several ecstasy pills in plastic Ziploc baggies, a set of black body armour hanging in Manj’s bedroom closet, $23,940 in Canadian currency in a shoebox under Manj’s bed, and other controlled substance and firearm usage and trafficking paraphernalia” in Jodh’s bedroom.
The director claimed he earned the money by peddling narcotics and weapons.