KELOWNA, B.C. — Kirpal Boparai, a former president of the BC Fruit Growers Association, was arrested Monday evening after allegedly making death threats toward a fellow fruit grower.
Boparai was released on bail Tuesday with strict conditions not to contact the alleged victim.
Karma Gill says he is afraid for his life following the alleged incident at his Kelowna farm Monday evening.
Police say a man carrying a shovel made threats during a visit to the property.
Surveillance video shows a man on Gill’s property taking a shovel out of a truck.
Gill says Boparai was angry over being left out of a recent politicians tour of his neighbourhood following hail damage to orchards.
Boparai’s family would not comment on the allegations and demanded media stay away from their property.
Boparai, 52, resigned as president of the BCFGA in 2012 after allegedly breaking his contract with the Okanagan Tree Fruit Co-op by selling his fruit directly from his farm.
The Kelowna orchardist is scheduled to be back in court on the charges later this month.