Gujarat migrant family drowned while illegally entering Canada-US border to be probed


Four members of a Gujarat family drowned in a river while attempting to cross the US-Canada border illegally. In this case, the Anti-Human Traffic Unit (AHTU) is now ready to investigate the CID-crime.

The incident occurred when the family boat capsized in the St. Lawrence River at the Quebec–New York border. The deceased have been identified as Praveen Chowdhary, his wife Daksh, son Meet and daughter Vidhi, residents of Manekpur Kabhla village in Mehsana district of Gujarat. In total, eight people died in the crash, including four Romanians with Canadian passports.

This tragedy is the third such incident in the last one year. Earlier, members of another family from Gujarat died when they froze to death while trying to cross the US border from Canada. Now after this new case, the state administration, taking the matter seriously, has handed over its investigation to the AHTU unit of CID-Crime.

Officials are in touch with their Canadian counterparts to get the visa and travel documents of the deceased. Teams of CID-crime, local police and Gujarat ATS have launched a massive operation to bust the illegal immigration racket, which has resulted in the arrest of alleged mastermind Bobby Patel.

Further investigation revealed that Praveen Chowdhary was in touch with a potential employer in the US. The incident highlights the ongoing issue of human trafficking and illegal immigration affecting the region. Reports suggest that local agents are involved in luring people with promises of a better life in the US. This tragic incident underscores the dangers of illegal immigration and the urgent need to address the problem.


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