Indian-Origin Couple, Daughter Killed In “Suspicious” Fire In Canada: Cops

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The Warikoo family, who were victims of a suspicious fire at their residence in Brampton, Canada on March 7. (Credit: Rajiv Warikoo/Facebook)
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As the vibrant colors of spring begin to paint the streets of Brampton, a dark cloud has cast a shadow over the Indo-Canadian community. Earlier this month, a devastating blaze tore through a quiet residential area, claiming the lives of three cherished members of the Warikoo family. The incident, which occurred in broad daylight around 1:30 pm, has sent shockwaves through the hearts of many, leaving more questions than answers in its smoldering wake.

Indian-Origin Couple, Daughter Killed In “Suspicious” Fire In Canada: Cops

The Warikoo family, who were victims of a suspicious fire at their residence in Brampton, Canada on March 7. (Credit: Rajiv Warikoo/Facebook)
The Warikoo family, who were victims of a suspicious fire at their residence in Brampton, Canada on March 7. (Credit: Rajiv Warikoo/Facebook)

Rajiv Warikoo, 51, his wife Shilpa Kotha, 47, and their 16-year-old daughter Mahek were the victims of this tragedy. Peel Regional Police (PRP) have not dismissed the possibility of foul play and are treating the case with the utmost seriousness.

The community knew Rajiv as a dedicated employee at Ontario’s Ministry of Health and a former law enforcement officer. His involvement in the Kashmiri community was notable, and he was well-regarded for his active participation and contributions. Shilpa was a professional in the IT sector, and their daughter Mahek, who had just celebrated her 16th birthday last September, was recognized as a promising football player.

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The loss has been deeply felt, with community member Vidya Dhar expressing his disbelief: “Shocking, this sort of incident is unprecedented.” The Warikoos were more than just residents; they were part of a close-knit community fabric that has been abruptly torn.

The investigation into this tragic event is ongoing. The Peel Regional Police, alongside homicide detectives, are urging anyone with information or video footage, including dashcam recordings, to come forward. The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office has determined that the fire was not accidental, prompting a rigorous probe into the circumstances leading up to the inferno.

CTV News aired harrowing footage showing the family’s home completely engulfed in flames, a sight that will undoubtedly haunt those who knew the Warikoos. Despite the swift response from first responders, their efforts were not enough to save the family. The subsequent discovery of human remains by fire investigators only added to the gravity of the situation.

The PRP’s Homicide Bureau is working in close collaboration with the Office of the Chief Coroner to unravel the mystery behind this dreadful occurrence. As we await further details from official sources, our hearts go out to the friends and relatives of the Warikoo family.

In these trying times, it is crucial for the community to come together in support and solidarity. Let us honor the memory of Rajiv, Shilpa, and Mahek by seeking justice and ensuring that their passing was not in vain. We implore anyone with potentially helpful information to assist in bringing clarity and closure to this tragic case.

The Indo-Canadian community in Brampton is mourning a great loss, but it is through unity and resilience that we will navigate this difficult period. The Warikoo family will be remembered, and it is our collective hope that those responsible will be brought to justice.

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