The Patel family of Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel, 39, Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar Patel, 37, Vihangi Jagdishkumar Patel, 11, and Dharmik Jagdishkumar Patel, 3, pose in this undated handout photo released by the RCMP on January 27, 2022. (Courtesy of RCMP/Handout via Reuters)
The Canadian officials have identified the four bodies as that of Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel (male), 39, Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar Patel (female), 37, Vihangi Jagdishkumar Patel (female) 11, and Dharmik Jagdishkumar Patel (male), 3, the High Commission said.
“Further to the report of the tragic death of four people, including an infant, whose bodies were recovered near the Canada-US border in Manitoba on 19 January 2022, Canadian authorities have confirmed the identities of the four deceased. All the four were Indian nationals. The next of kin of the deceased have been informed,” the High Commission added in a statement.
Officials from the High Commission of India are also in touch with the next of kin of the deceased and is providing all the consular support.
What happened on January 19
On January 19, the Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said that the bodies of four people — two adults, a teen and an infant — were found on the Canadian side of the US/Canada border near the Emerson locality in south central Manitoba.
The family, who hail from Gujarat, died from the exposure to extreme cold weather.
The High Commission said that the tragedy of the four member family has brought into focus the need to ensure migration and mobility are made safe and legal and that such tragedies do not recur.
7 Indians, illegally in the US, released from Border Patrol custody, processed for removal from country
Seven Indian nationals, who entered the US illegally and were arrested near the US/Canada border last week, have been released from Border Patrol’s custody and processed for removal from the country.
“All seven migrants who illegally entered the United States last week were administratively processed for removal and/or placed into removal proceedings as per the Immigration and Nationality Act,” a statement noted
The statement added that six of the seven Indian nationals were placed under an Order of Supervision and one was released on an Order of Recognisance for humanitarian purposes.
The seven Indian nationals were apprehended last week by US authorities near the US/Canada border. Steve Shand, 47 has been charged with human smuggling.
(With inputs from agencies)