Canada-US border: Family that froze to death was from village in Gujarat
The Indian Express Delhi|January 23, 2022
On seven detained, US agent tells court all spoke Gujarati
RITU SHARMA, ADITI RAJA & KRISHN KAUSHIK

THE FAMILY of four Indians, including an infant, who froze to death in Canada while allegedly attempting to cross over illegally to the US, is learnt to be from a village in Kalol tehsil of Gandhinagar district in Gujarat.

They were said to be part of a group and had set out for Canada with others from their village – another seven persons have been detained by US authorities.

Officials have been careful not to reveal identities since there's still no official word or confirmation.

In Gandhinagar, District Collector Kuldeep Arya said: “This is an unfortunate incident which we got to know only through the media and there is no official communication yet. In case there is any communication from the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs), we will facilitate at our level.”

In a criminal complaint filed in a Minnesota court, John D Stanley, Special Agent with the US Department of Homeland Security, said: “I learned that all the foreign nationals spoke Gujarati, a language spoken in Gujarat in western India. Most had limited or no English language speaking ability. I also know that there are significant Gujarati populations outside of India, including in Canada and the United States.”

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