Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Friday expressed grief over the death of a family of four Indian nationals at the US-Canada border due to cold and directed the Indian ambassadors to the US and Canada to take immediate action on the situation. Authorities believe that the said family was hit by this cold when they made an unsuccessful attempt to pass through a blizzard.
The Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said Thursday that four bodies were found on the Canadian side of the Canada-US border near Emerson on Wednesday, two of them of adults, one of a teenager and a newborn.
Expressing his grief over the incident, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar tweeted, “Shocked to learn that 4 Indian nationals including an infant have lost their lives at the Canada-US border. Call on our ambassadors in the US and Canada to take immediate action on the situation.” to have said.” At the same time, Ajay Bisaria, High Commissioner of India to Canada, says that “this is a serious tragedy. An Indian consular team has been dispatched from the Consulate General of India, Toronto to Manitoba today for coordinate and assistance.”
Shocked by the report that 4 Indian nationals, including an infant have lost their lives at the Canada-US border. Have asked our Ambassadors in the US and Canada to urgently respond to the situation.
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) January 21, 2022
US Border Patrol (USBP) officers in North Dakota intercepted a 15-passenger van south of the Canadian border on Wednesday, according to court documents. The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota issued a release late Thursday and said the driver, identified as Steve Shand, 47, of Florida, has been arrested for human trafficking in connection with the incident.
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The Justice Department said that law enforcement officials also learned that the two Indian nationals were without documents. Court documents said that law enforcement found plastic cups, bottled water, bottled juices and other eatables from the rear of the passenger van. The Law Enforcement Agency also found receipts for beverages and food items dated January 18, 2022, and rental agreements for vans in Shand’s name, with return dates listed as January 20, 2022.
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