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Sources say there had been a falling out between Vishal Walia and others in the UN gang prior to Monday’s slaying near UBC.

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Two United Nations gang associates have been charged with arson and other counts in connection with a burning vehicle found Monday near the scene of a gang hit.

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The charges were laid Tuesday against Balraj Basra and Iqbal Kang, both of whom were born in 2000 and remain in custody.

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The pair and a youth were arrested Monday by Richmond RCMP after crashing on Highway 91 an hour after gangster Vishal Walia was gunned down at the University Golf Club.

Walia was a one-time UN associate along with his close friend Aman Manj, who was killed in the parkade of a downtown Vancouver hotel on Sept. 15, 2021. His murder remains unsolved.

Sources say there had been a falling-out between Walia and others in the UN gang prior to Monday’s slaying near UBC.

While neither Basra and Kang have been charged in the murder, the police agency cited in their court file is the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

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Each is charged with arson damaging property in Vancouver, dangerous operation of a vehicle in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and Richmond, flight from police and possession of stolen property.

All of the charges relate to the incident on Oct. 17.

Walia was shot to death in the parking lot to the west of the golf course clubhouse at 9:49 a.m. Monday.

IHIT was called in to investigate as the RCMP has jurisdiction in the area. Ten minutes later, Vancouver police were called out to a burning vehicle near Crown and West 20th Avenue. Richmond RCMP then made the arrests about 10:45 a.m. after the suspect vehicle collided with a commercial truck and a police car.

“The driver of the commercial vehicle was transported to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries,” Cpl. Ian Henderson said earlier. No one else was injured in the crash.

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Police and fire department on the scene of a vehicle fire in the south lane of West 20th Ave at Crown St. in Vancouver on Oct. 17, 2022. Around the same time, the body of Vishal Walia, 38, was found in the parking lot of the University Golf Club.
Police and fire department on the scene of a vehicle fire in the south lane of West 20th Ave at Crown St. in Vancouver on Oct. 17, 2022. Around the same time, the body of Vishal Walia, 38, was found in the parking lot of the University Golf Club. Photo by NICK PROCAYLO /PNG

Postmedia has learned that Walia, 38, loved to play golf and was a regular at the club. He had apparently just returned from a holiday in Europe.

Friends who contacted Postmedia rejected the gang label and said he was a hard-working businessman and very close to his father Vijay. Together they operated businesses over the years, including Diamond Store Fixtures, which was incorporated in 1990. Someone answering at the store Monday said Walia’s father had retired several years ago, though he is still listed on corporate records as the company president.

Despite Vishal Walia’s success in business, he had ties dating back more than a decade to several prominent gangsters on Vancouver’s south slope who ended up in jail or dead in similar public shootings.

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And in 2017, the B.C. government alleged he was involved in drug trafficking after Vancouver police stopped him and Manj in a vehicle in which officers found a secret compartment containing drug residue. Walia was also carrying almost $6,000, as well as an iPhone, a Samsung phone, a Blackberry and a OnePlus One cell phone. A court ordered the cash and phones forfeited to the director of civil forfeiture in August 2017.

Kang was out on bail on drug trafficking charges out of Abbotsford at the time of his most recent arrest. He is due in Abbotsford Provincial Court Nov. 9 for a preliminary hearing in that case. And he is due in Richmond Provincial Court Friday on the arson count related to the car fire.

kbolan@postmedia.com

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