Two Indian-origin men among six arrested in Canada’s $22.5 million gold, cash heist


New Delhi: In an important development Canadabiggest gold robbery case, at least two of indian origin Six persons also include men Arrested Regarding the audacious Theft in downtown toronto airport Last year. Peel Regional Police (PRP) also announced warrants for three more individuals linked to the crime.
The heist, which occurred on April 17, 2023, involved the theft of a cargo container carrying gold bars and foreign currency worth more than 22 million Canadian dollars from a secure storage facility at Pearson International Airport. Stolen goods had just arrived a air Canada The flight was from Zurich, Switzerland, and was taken using fraudulent paperwork.
According to police reports, two former Air Canada employees allegedly assisted in the robbery, one of whom is already in custody and the other has an arrest warrant out. Those arrested on Wednesday included Parampal Sidhu, 54, and Amit Jalota, 40, both of Indian origin and residents of Ontario, Ammad Choudhary, 43, Ali Raza, 37, and Prasad Paramalingam, 35.
Investigation of the crime, which involved the identification of additional suspects in collaboration with law enforcement agencies across borders. Peel police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for Simran Preet Panesar, 31, Archit Grover, 36, and Arsalan Chaudhary, 42, who were allegedly involved in the robbery.
Air Canada confirmed the employment of Sidhu and Panesar at the time of the theft, one of whom left the company before his arrest and the other was suspended pending further investigation.
Lead investigator Det.-Sgt. Mike Mavity described the robbery as the largest in Canadian history and emphasized the involvement of individuals within Air Canada in carrying out the crime.
The investigation, which spanned international borders, saw significant progress with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the United States. ATF involvement led to the arrest of a man in the US with a cache of illegal firearms, some of which were modified for fully automatic capabilities.
In addition to the arrests, the PRP seized a large amount of gold, which is believed to be connected to the theft, as well as smelting equipment and a large amount of Canadian currency.
Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappa praised the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies and the community to bring those responsible for this brutal crime to justice. He reiterated the PRP's commitment to pursue the investigation and hold all involved parties accountable, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries.
(with inputs from agencies)

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