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Punjabi truck driver who killed 16 Canadian junior hockey player faces deportation

A Punjabi truck driver, who killed 16 Canadian junior hockey players and injured 13 others by jumping red light in April 2018, faces deportation to India.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu aged 31, hit his semi-trailer into a bus carrying the hockey players at an intersection near the town of Armley in Saskatchewan province on April 6, 2018.

Driving almost at the speed of 100 kmph, Sidhu didn’t notice the red light signal, hitting his semi-trailer into the bus which was already in the intersection.

Sidhu arrived in Canada from Punjab in 2013, was sentenced to eight years for each of the 16 deaths and five years for dangerous driving in March 2019.

Since being just a permanent resident not a citizen of Canada, Sidhu faces deportation to India.

The deportation decision by immigration authorities is likely to come by April 2021.

Sidhu’s lawyer Michael Greene said on Thursday that since Sidhu has no criminal background, he should not be deported.

The lawyer said Sidhu is “clearly not the kind of guy that is going to commit another offence. So put all together, it’s going to be an extremely difficult decision for an (immigration) officer to make.”

Sidhu’s deportation was a main topic on radio shows on Thursday, with Canadians divided on whether he should be allowed to stay on in the country.

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