The family of four who lost their lives trying to migrate to the US yet again called attention to human traffickers functioning in Gujarat. Vibes of India had highlighted in this space how four families from Dingucha migrated to Canada and have gone missing. VOI also reported the handiwork of agents who sell the US dream and mislead gullible Gujaratis.
They function in Mehsana and Gandhinagar districts in north Gujarat, Anand and Nadiad in central Gujarat and in Saurashtra from where a large community of Patidars migrated to the US.
Now, a team of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) visited Ahmedabad and other parts of the state to probe the deaths of the family. A national daily claimed that RCMP inquired into the activities of five immigration agents who operated from Vadodara, Ahmedabad, and Anand.
It is alleged that the agents used forged documents and inauthentic letters from Canadian universities.
“The investigation in both Canada and India aims to expose the well-oiled machinery of illegal immigration into the US through various routes. In both cases where the deaths of entire families have taken place, they had valid Canadian visas to enter the country and then with the help of local agents tried to cross the border illegally,” a state police official was quoted as saying.
In January last year, the family of Jagdish Patel, 39, his wife Vaishali, 37, and their children Vihangi, 12, and Dharmik, 3, froze to death as they attempted to migrate to the US. The episode rattled the Indian community in Canada.