Manjit Panghali was a Canadian woman who was brutally burnt to death by her husband, Mukhtiar Panghali on 18 October 2006. At the time of the murder, Manjeet was a pregnant mother of four months for the second time. She already had a three-year-old daughter when her husband strangled her, and then was burned to death at the Deltaport Causeway in the South Delta in British Columbia, Canada.
Manjit Panghali was born on Friday 4th July 1975.age 31 years; at the time of death) His zodiac sign was Cancer.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Colour: Black
parents and siblings
His father’s name is Resham Basra and mother’s name is Surinder Basra.
Manjeet Panghali has a sister and brother named Jasmine Bhambra and Toor Basra respectively.
Jasmine Bhambra is a real estate professional at RE/MAX Little Oak Realty in Abbotsford, Canada. Jasmine Bhambra is married to Tarminderpal Bhambra.
husband and children
Manjit Panghali was married to Mukhtiar Panghali.
The couple has a daughter named Maya.
Manjeet was a primary teacher at North Ridge Elementary School in 2006. On 18 October 2006, Manjit Panghali went missing after attending a prenatal yoga class. Twenty-six hours after her disappearance, her husband Mukhtiar Panghali lodged a complaint with the Canadian Police. Five days later, on 23 October, the remains of Manjit Panghali’s charred body were found on the Deltaport Causeway in South Delta in British Columbia, Canada.
Soon after Manjit Panghali’s disappearance, Manjeet Panghali was seen crying during a media conference appealing for the safe return of Manjit Panghali.
Mukhtiyar Panghali arrested
Manjeet Panghali’s vehicle was found on a Delta beach with her charred body armed with alarms five days after her disappearance. Canadian police detained Manjeet’s Panghali’s husband Mukhtiar Panghali as the prime suspect in Manjeet’s murder on 12 March 2007. During the police investigation, Mukhtiyar was caught in surveillance footage while buying lighters and newspapers at night when his wife Manjeet Panghali went missing. Police said that Mukhtiar Panghali first took Manjeet Panghali from antenatal yoga classes to his home and strangled him there. He then took her body to the Deltaport Causeway in the South Delta, where he burned it.
During the court trials, initially, Mukhtiar claimed that he was not guilty; However, later, he admitted his guilt and said that Manjeet was murdered by him as he had negative feelings for her.
Punishment of Mukhtiyar Panghali
Mukhtiar Panghali was found guilty for the murder of Manjit Panghali in November 2010. He was charged with second-degree murder. In addition, he was convicted of interfering with human remains. In February 2011, he was sentenced by the British Columbia Supreme Court to life imprisonment for 15 years without opportunity for parole. Soon after the verdict, Crown Prosecutor Dennis Murray described the murder as,
The teacher killed his wife after returning home from prenatal yoga class, staged a search of his car in Whaley, burned her body on a remote beach along the Deltaport Causeway in the South Delta, and then burned her body until she could. Till then, the complaint of missing missing could be filed with Surrey RCMP.
According to BC Supreme Court Crown Attorney Dennis Murray, in a media statement in March 2011, the main motive behind the murder remained unknown.
Excerpts from the diary and letters of Manjit Panghali
Canadian police unearthed diaries and letters written by Manjit Panghali to the media in December 2010. Letters and diary entries revealed that Manjeet was suffering from depression due to her married life and was trying hard to keep her relationship with Mukhtiar Panghali alive. According to Manjeet Panghali’s family members, Manjeet was battling depression and anxiety soon after the birth of the couple’s daughter. In an entry in his diary, Manjeet wrote,
I am writing today because I thought I would never allow myself to reach this point. I am clinically depressed and on medication. I’m so scared. My husband doesn’t give me the support I need.”
Manjeet in her writings revealed that she was resorting to drinks and drugs to keep herself high. She wrote,
I feel scattered, destroyed, broken. I want to drink, do drugs – do something that lifts me up.”
Their married life was mentioned by Manjit Panghali in an entry in his diary. She wrote,
We need to do some work on our marriage. We need to plan it so that our relationship doesn’t break. We need to do some work on this relationship. I need to stay connected to him. make her love me again ,
She further explained to her husband Mukhtiar Panghali the problem of drinking alcohol. She wrote,
I feel helpless. I hate life. How hard it is to live in two cultures. It makes me feel so powerless, so hopeless, so scared. I had no doubts about our life together, my role in your life, and our future, but now I am very afraid of what the future holds for us. ,
Manjit Panghali had mentioned many issues of marriage in a letter to Mukhtiar Panghali. She wrote,
We have struggled with many issues – sex, drugs, alcohol, coworkers, family, our ability to communicate, be affectionate, love again. I don’t know if you enjoyed our relationship or not.”
Manjeet mentioned in her diary that she did not want her second child. She wrote,
I definitely don’t want to bring another child into this chaos. chaos can [simply] Do you drink and I don’t know how to cope. You let us down by not being around. You get upset and get mean.”
According to Manjit Panghali, she celebrated her 31st birthday with her husband on 4 July 2006. On 18 August 2006, she made an entry in her diary saying that Mukhtiar was happy with the news of the second pregnancy. She wrote,
MP though of course I was pregnant and gave me a cute card on our anniversary. he was very excited and [sic] Treat me like a princess. I couldn’t stop crying because I was so thrilled.”
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Mukhtiar Panghali was released from prison without protection in October 2021, so that he could meet his family members and try to rejoin the society again. However, he was forbidden to meet the family members of his daughter Maya and Manjeet Panghali.
On 18 October 2006, Manjit Panghali was burnt by her husband on the Deltaport Causeway in the South Delta of Canada.
Facts / Trivia
- His family used to affectionately call him by the name Manj.
- The British Columbia Supreme Court had given custody of the couple’s three-year-old daughter, Maya, to Manjeet’s sister Jasmine Bhambra. Soon after Mukhtiar Panghali’s arrest, Manjeet and Mukhtiar’s family members fought a legal battle for Maya’s custody. In an interview to a media house, Jasmine said that the fight for Maya’s custody was gruesome and painful. He said,
The custody battle was gruesome and too painful, to overcome the trauma. It was horrifying to see his face all the time. It was the hardest time of my life.”
- In February 2011, Manjit Panghali’s brother-in-law Sukhwinder Panghali was charged by the British Columbia Supreme Court with an ‘accomplice to murder’.
- A web series titled ‘Til Death Do Us Part: The Murder of Manjit Basra’ based on the murder and life circumstances of Manjit Panghali was announced to release on OTT platform Discovery Plus in March 2022.