(1971 - December 20, 1998) was a notorious Vancouver
organized crime leader who was murdered on the evening of December 20, 1998 at the Palladium nightclub in downtown Vancouver. He sustained a single gunshot to the back of the head while in the midst of dancing club patrons. Johal had not brought his bodyguards with him to the club.
Throughout the 1990s, Johal ran the largest and most successful criminal organization in British Columbia
. His criminal endeavours included the illicit narcotics trade, fraud, contract murder, money laundering, extortion and racketeering. In the mid-1990s, Johal would often be on primetime news exchanging threats with rival mobsters. Before the murder of Bindy Johal, the Johal organization's annual earnings were between $3 million to $4 million. Johal's activities brought his organization into direct confrontation with the Chinese criminal organization, the Lotus Triads
. Early speculation by the Vancouver Police Department
and local media placed blame on the Lotus Triads for Johal's murder, as the group had put a $250,000 bounty on his head for an earlier kidnapping and extortion operation conducted by Johal against the Triads.
It was later revealed that Johal was killed on the orders of his trusted lieutenant, Bal Buttar
, who observed that Johal was losing personal control and was killing off his own associates. Buttar then assumed full control of the criminal... Read More