4 Indians, including a child, freeze to death at US-Canada border, India govt seeks detailed report

New York:

The bodies of a family of four people, including a child, who are believed to be Indians, have been found, the Canadian police have said.

The police said that they died due to cold at the border between the US and Canada. They are suspected to be part of a human trafficking operation.

Expressing grief over the incident, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has asked Indian ambassadors to the US and Canada to respond immediately to the situation. 

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had said on Thursday that the dead included two adults, a teenager and an infant.

“I am shocked by the news that four Indian nationals, including an infant, have died on the Canada-US border. Our ambassadors to the US and Canada have been asked to take immediate action over the situation,”

Jaishankar tweeted.

Jaishankar has spoken to the Indian ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu and India’s High Commissioner to Canada Ajay Bisaria.

The group is believed to have split from others arrested at the US border. One of the detainees said a family of four had separated when they were passing through a blizzard.

“It was a shocking story. It is sad to see. That is why we are doing everything possible to discourage people from crossing the border in irregular or illegal ways,” Canada PM Justin

Trudeau said at a news conference.

“We are working with the United States (U) to stop trafficking and help people take” unacceptable risks,” Trudeau said.

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