Indian-Canadian woman believed slain in Pakistan
Man has confessed to killing of Rajvinder Gill, lawyer says, citing police
An Indian-Canadian woman who has been missing since August and whose body has not been found was killed in eastern Pakistan, according to a lawyer who represents the woman's father.
Rajvinder Gill went to Pakistan to try to settle a financial dispute, but disappeared. Her father went to the police after her family hadn't heard from her in weeks. The family filed a missing person report with Interpol and the RCMP.
Aftab Bajwa, the lawyer for the woman's father, said the police chief of the eastern city of Lahore told a court Wednesday that a suspect confessed to killing the woman. A police officer said the suspect confessed to working with a German of Pakistani origin who was involved in the dispute, and together they killed the woman.
Pakistani police told the Lahore High Court on Wednesday that Gill had been killed soon after she arrived in the city, according to the newspaper Indian Express.
The suspect told police he and another man gave Gill tea with sedatives, strangled her with a rope and dumped her body in the Khanpur Canal, according to the Express Tribune newspaper.
The suspect told police the second man fled the country.
Police told the court on Wednesday that they had written to Interpol to arrest one of the suspects — a German of Pakistani origin who had fled to Germany, Indian Express reported.
Father will stay in Pakistan until body found
Police have not found the woman.
Gill's father is in Pakistan and has vowed to remain there until his daughter's body is found, reported CBC's Teresa Tang.
The woman's family reportedly lives in British Columbia. A Facebook page identifying her as a missing person, apparently started by Gill's father, lists her as living in Switzerland, but from Mission, B.C.
Gill moved to Switzerland for a job opportunity.
Gill was last seen on Aug. 23, according to Interpol. At the time, she was 40 years old, but she would have turned 41 on Sept. 12, Interpol said.
Canadian officials are providing consular assistance to her family, a Foreign Affairs spokeswoman said.
The case has gathered much media attention in India because Gill is a distant relative of a senior ranking official in the country's Punjab state. It has been reported she was related to Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal, deputy chief minister of Punjab.
With files from CBC News