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Illegal Immigration Agents Arrested Over Family That Froze To Death On US Border


Illegal immigration agents arrested over family that froze to death on US border, according to statements made by police on Wednesday. The three individuals who are suspected of working as unlicensed immigration agents have been detained in western India in connection with the case. The Indian family perished from hypothermia while attempting to cross into the United States from Canada last year.

The suspects have been identified as Yogesh Patel, Bhavesh Patel, and Dashrath Chaudhary, according to Deputy Commissioner Chaitanya Mandlik of the crime section of the Ahmedabad Police Department. According to him, they are currently in the custody of the police and have been charged with an attempt to conduct a culpable homicide, as well as human trafficking, and criminal conspiracy.

He went on to say that the three individuals are accused of assisting illegal immigrants from the Indian state of Gujarat to the United States of America via the country of Canada.

The arrests were made between Sunday and Tuesday in the cities of Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad as part of a case allegedly involving 11 illegal immigrants, including a family of four who perished in January of last year while attempting to cross into the United States on foot. The suspects were taken into custody as part of the investigation.

According to Mandlik:

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The group of 11 was taken to Toronto and then to Vancouver. The agents then left them in Winnipeg, in Manitoba province, leaving them to cross over to the US on their own.

- Deputy Commissioner Chaitanya Mandlik

Officials confirm Indian family froze to death near U.S. border

On January 19, 2022, the family died of hypothermia after becoming separated from the rest of the group when they were walking through a blizzard near the town of Emerson in Manitoba.

CBC, a public broadcasting station in Canada, reported that the results of autopsies showed that the deaths of Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel, his wife Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar, and their children, ages 11 and 3, were caused by exposure to extreme weather conditions.

According to Mandlik, there are at least two more people who are wanted in connection with the case.

There are two wanted accused who are agents from Canada and the US. Crossing agents in Canada and the US help with legal and other assistance.

- Deputy Commissioner Chaitanya Mandlik


According to statements made by police from the province of Manitoba to The Canadian Press, there is "no evidence to suggest the Patel family traveled to Vancouver."

The Canadian police further stated that they were cooperating with foreign law enforcement partners to advance the investigation into the deaths of the family.

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