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4 bodies found at Canada-US border belonged to Gujarati family, Indian High Commission confirms

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Ottawa: The four bodies recovered near the Canada-US border in Manitoba on January 19 were of a Gujarati family, the High Commission of India in Ottawa confirmed.

The family of four, a couple and their two children, from Dhingucha village in Gandhinagar in Gujarat has gone to Canada on visitor’s visa. They were reportedly trying to enter US illegally when they were frozen to death near the Canada-US border.

In an official release, the High Commission said that the Canadian authorities have confirmed the identities of the four of the Gujarati family as Jagdish Patel (39), Vaishali Patel (37), Vihangi Patel (11) and Dharmik Patel (3).

“Canadian authorities have also, after medical examination, informed that based on the circumstances, the death of all the persons have been determined to be consistent with exposure to the outdoor elements,” the release read.

The High Commission of India in Ottawa and the Indian Consulate in Toronto are working closely with Canadian authorities on the investigation into the incident.

“A special team, led by a senior consular officer from the Consulate General of India in Toronto, is camping in Manitoba to assist ongoing investigations by Canadian agencies and to render any consular services for the victims,” the High Commission said.

It added that the tragedy (of the Gujarati family) had brought into focus the need to ensure that migration and mobility are made safe and legal.

India has proposed a comprehensive Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement (MMPA) to Canada, which is currently under the consideration of the Canadian government, the High Commission said.

 

 

 

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