July 29, 2011
Man in custody after his wife stabbed to death
Husband of administrative assistant for weekly newspaper to appear in court today
By Andrea Woo And Medha, Vancouver Sun;With a file from Matthew Robinson - July 29, 2011 3:07
An RCMP officer puts up crime scene tape after a person was fatally stabbed at an
Indo-Canadian newspaper in Surrey B.C., on Thursday July 28, 2011.
Darryl Dyck for The Globe and Mail
The husband of a woman slain in a Surrey newspaper office Thursday is to appear in court today in connection with her death.
RCMP did not release the 26-year-old man's name, but confirmed he was the husband of the victim, Ravinder Bhangu, whom he married in 2009.
Bhangu, a 24-year-old Surrey resident, was an administrative assistant at the weekly English/ Punjabi Sach Di Awaaz, where she was attacked Thursday morning.
Friends who spoke with The Sun said Bhangu came to Canada about three years ago. They said she told them of marital problems and moved in with her aunt two or three months ago.
Police said the motive of the attack did not appear to be related to the business for which Bhangu worked.
Police were called to the newspaper, located on the second floor of a strip mall in the 8100block of 128th Street, shortly before 11 a.m., after there were reports of a stabbing.
They confirmed shortly afterward that one person had died at the scene of multiple stab wounds and another had been taken into custody. A third person, who had tried to help Bhangu, suffered minor injuries in the incident and was later released from hospital.
Baljinder Gill, a good friend of Bhangu's, described her as very quiet. "She never used to talk too much. One day I said, 'Why did you move to your auntie's house?' and she cried, but didn't say much to me. I didn't find myself very comfortable to ask further.
"I can't see anybody nicer than her," Gill said.
"Whatever you ask her, very politely, she'll answer you back. If you tell her to do something, she'll do it for you."
Bhangu and Gill taught Punjabi folk dance classes to young children at Shan-E-Punjab arts club in Surrey, where he'd once met her husband.
"I met him once - he dropped her off at the class. He looked fine to me. He said, 'Hello, how are you.' If she had shared something with us we could have known better, but she didn't share much with us."
Gill said it will be very difficult to explain to the children today, when the next class is to be held, why Bhangu is not there.
"It's going to be a big shock for those kids," Gill said through tears.
"I don't know how we're going to tell them."
Dozens of people stood around the newspaper office on Thursday afternoon as police cordoned off the area and interviewed witnesses.
Many on the scene were crying and consoling one another.
© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun