While investigations are on into the death of the family of four from Nava Dingucha village in Kalol along the Canada US border, police sources said about 100 other residents of the village have also migrated to Canada in recent times. Of these, some are believed to have gone missing.
Police officials said that there is a possibility that more people from surrounding villages may also have travelled to Canada to then enter the US illegally. Police have roped in members of civil society for more information on foreign migrants from the area.
Sources said that on January 19,US authorities in Minnesota State near the Canada border,came across a group of people who ap- parently did not have proper documentation.
Based on information obtained from them, Canadian authorities launched a search and found four bodies in Manitoba province on the Canadian side of the border, they said. According to sources, US Border Patrol agents arrested one Steve Shand from near the border while transporting two Indian nationals in the US.
It is believed that the family of four had travelled to Canada on a tourist visa and then tried to cross into the US along with others in the freezing cold of-35 degrees Celsius. The deceased, identified as Jagdish Patel and his family, got separated from the group in the biting cold. Their bodies were close to the US border.
Police sources said based on the information, an inquiry has been handed over the CID crime, Gujarat. According to information gathered till now, the deceased are Jagdish Patel (35), his wife Vaishali (33) and their two children aged 12 and 3, all residents of Nava Dingucha village.
Investigators said they have written to the FRRO and have also submitted photo copies of the passports of the family to know the actual route they took to travel to Canada. The family of the other alleged missing persons have also locked their homes and left the village. We are also getting in touch with the US and Canadian embassies to know the exact details of the deceased family. The elders in the family seem to be unaware of the route taken by the four to travel to Canada, said an investigator.
Police officials said they have also got details of the local agent who sent the family to Canada. We are waiting for the response of the Canadian and US embassies, the official said.