Case: Gunned down in the street: Amarjit and Rajinder Singh
Victim
Name:
Amarjit Singh
Gender:
Male
Date:
2003-08-29
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Gun
Victim
Name:
Rajinder Singh
Gender:
Male
Date:
2003-08-29
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Gun
Killer
Name:
Mohammed Ayub Khan
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Status: Solved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Businessman Amarjit Singh Tiwana, 52, and his nephew Rajinder Singh Tiwana, 25, were shot dead with a submachine gun in broad daylight.

But this wasn't a gangland killing. They were hard-working family men who were murdered over a trivial parking dispute.

At around 2pm on August 29, 2003, they were visiting the Forest View Hotel at 227 Romford Road, which they jointly owned.

Unable to get past a Volkswagen Golf blocking entry the back of the hotel on Atherton Mews, they left their van across the end of the road.

When the driver of the Golf, 20 year-old Mohammed Ayub Khan, returned from Friday prayers at the mosque he was unable to get out and began beeping his horn.

After an argument with the Tiwanas he left the scene, only to return with two other men a few minutes later to attack the van.

When Amarjit and Rajinder ran out to confront the group they were gunned down using a Mac 10 machine pistol.

The attack was witnessed by Amarjit's 26 year-old daughter Harjinder, who was able to identify Khan as the gunman.

By that time Khan had fled to Pakistan. He was placed on the Met's Most Wanted list in 2004 but was not arrested until he travelled to Bangladesh in August 2010.

On December 12, 2011, Khan (right) was convicted of both murders at Woolwich Crown Court and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 26 years before parole.

Detective Inspector Andrew Yeats of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: "Amarjit and Rajinder and their families were highly respected members of the community.

"They were hard working hoteliers & property developers who had been pro-active in trying to improve community life in Forest Gate by working with the local authority and community groups.

"They were callously murdered in the most appalling way with the use of extreme violence beyond any comprehension.

"I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to their families for the dignified way in which they have handled such an incredibly difficult situation. They waited eight years for justice whilst Ayub Khan attempted to evade the authorities.

"This case clearly shows the MPS work tirelessly to pursue violent and dangerous criminals and we will bring them to justice no matter where they seek to hide in the world."

Detectives are still appealing for help identifying the two other men involved and locating the murder weapon.

DI Yeats said: "We are still seeking two casually dressed Asian men wearing hooded tops in their late teens or early 20's. They ran away from the scene during the busy period after Friday prayers and turned right into Norwich Road, crossed Romford Road and continued south in Margery Park Road where they may have got into a parked vehicle.

"The Mach 10 machine pistol is yet to be recovered. I would appeal for anyone with any information on the two outstanding suspects or the murder weapon to come forward and assist my team with the on-going investigation."

Anyone with information can call the incident room on 0208 345 1570; if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Gunned down in east London: Rajinder Singh (left) and his uncle Amarjit

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