Trying to Enter Illegally in America, 4 Died of Extreme Cold

A family of four Indians, including a baby, has died from exposure to extreme cold weather on the Canadian side of the border with the US in an apparent human smuggling operation. Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on Thursday 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 Emerson on Wednesday.

Confirming the nationality of the four people who died, India’s High Commissioner to Canada Ajay Bisaria described the incident as a grave tragedy. “This is a grave tragedy. An Indian consular team is travelling today from @IndiainToronto to Manitoba to coordinate and help. We will work with Canadian authorities to investigate these disturbing events,” Bisaria tweeted.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed shock over the incident and said, “Shocked by the report that 4 Indian nationals, including an infant, have lost their lives at the Canada-US border,” Jaishankar tweeted. “Have asked our Ambassadors in the US and Canada to urgently respond to the situation.”

Sources said that the four victims were part of the larger group of Indians, who were trying to get into the US from Canada. They added that 7-9 people, mostly Indians from Gujarat and an American national who was trying to get them illegally into the country, were arrested.