TORONTO: A gas station owner paralyzed in a 1982 courtroom shooting that left two dead says hell drag his battered body into court to watch a man accused of the crime face justice.

“I will be there” says Amarjit Singh Tatla 44 who spends most of his time in a wheelchair and can go short distances with a walker.

The weekend extradition of Kuldip Singh Samra is bitter sweet for Tatla and the families of the two dead men.

You shouldn’t have to relive this kind of tragedy so many times” says Carl Fonseca 26who says he and his two brothers dread the coming months and the prospect of reliving their father’s death at a trial

Toronto lawyer Oscar Fonseca 51 and Bhupinder Singh Pannu 31 were killed March 181982 when six shots rang out in Toronto courtroom.

Three bullets from a .357 magnum tore into Tatlas body after John Osler then an Ontario Supreme Court justice delivered his verdict in a civil case involving a dispute at a Toronto Sikh temple.

Bullets lodged in Tatlas spine leg and shoulder. He spent five months in a hospital and now helps run the family gas station in Orangeville a country town northwest of Toronto.

Article extracted from this publication >> May 8, 1996