Murders lead police to explosives

Durham Regional Police are investigating the connection between explosives and weapons found at Dayton Self Storage on March 31 and a double murder last spring.

the discovery was “part of an ongoing investigation” and no further details are being released at this time, police spokesperson Dave Selby said.

Police revealed on April 1 that the murders of Puneet Singh Chhina, 26, of Nepean and Harjinder Singh Sandhu, 28, of Brampton, whose bodies were found in the trunk of a car in Pickering last May, led them to the storage unit at Kennedy Road and Progress Avenue.

The Durham major crime branch executed a search warrant around 6:30 p.m. and found weapons and explosives inside. Details concerning the type of weapons or explosives found have not been released.

The area was evacuated for investigation, halting service on the Scarborough RT between Kennedy and McCowan stations and on the Stouffville GO line outside of Agincourt. Progress Avenue was also closed between Midland Avenue and Kennedy Road.

Police called the Emergency Task Force explosives unit to the scene before containing the materials in a steel drum for transport.

“Heard a large explosion about half an hour ago. I guess the police detonated the explosives at the Leslie Street Spit,” said Stephen Stewart, commenting on The Toronto Observer’s website not long after the incident.

Highway 401 was closed around 9 p.m. from Kennedy Road to the Don Valley Parkway while police took the drum to the Leslie Street Spit. The contents were then detonated shortly after 11 p.m.

Residents as far away as Pharmacy Avenue reported hearing and feeling the explosion.

“It must have been pretty powerful explosives because it shook my house and woke me up,” Scarborough resident Wendy Winters said.

John Le and Vijay Singh both face charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, and forcible confinement in connection to the murders, but no arrests have been made in connection with the explosives and weapons.

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By: Kimberlee Nancekivell
Posted: Apr 8 2010 8:54 pm
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