Former head of fruit growers' charged
Aug 20, 2013 / 10:50 am
The former head of the BC Fruit Growers' Association is expected to appear in a Kelowna Courtroom Tuesday.
Kirpal Boparai is charged with uttering threats and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose - believed to be a shovel.
According to sources, Boparai showed up at a home Monday night carrying a shovel and uttering threats.
After police were called, Boparai allegedly made several calls to the residents from the back of a police car.
Boparai replaced Joe Sardinha as president of the tree fruit association in 2012, however, he stepped down after less than a year in that post following a series of disputes with the Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative.
His membership within the cooperative was suspended when it was discovered he had sold fruit to Ontario.
At the time, Boparai stated he and other growers were fed up with OTFC and he had no choice but to sell his fruit where he saw fit.
Boparai cited a poor return for growers and mismanagement within the OTFC for his decision to sell his apples to eastern companies.
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