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  • Bodies of Indians who died in Canada won't be brought back: relatives
  • 4 members of a family from Gujarat froze to death at US-Canada border
  • Last rites of all four to be conducted in Canada: relatives

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Bodies of Indians who died at US-Canada border won't be brought back: relatives

The Canadian authorities identified the deceased as Jagdish Patel, his wife Vaishaliben, daughter Vihangi and son Dharmik.

The bodies of four Indians from Gujarat's Gandhinagar district who died of the extreme cold near the Canada-US border would not be brought back to India, their relatives said on Friday.

The Canadian authorities, who suspected it to be a case of "human smuggling", identified the deceased as Jagdish Patel, his wife Vaishaliben, daughter Vihangi and son Dharmik.

Following the confirmation of identity, relatives and some local women gathered at the Patel family's ancestral house at Dingucha to mourn the deaths on Friday.

Villagers told reporters that other members of the family had shifted to Kalol town some time back.

Jaswant Patel, a cousin of Jagdish Patel, said they had decided not to bring the bodies back to India.

"The entire family is in deep shock....As of now, we all have decided not to bring the bodies here for cremation. Last rites will be conducted in Canada itself," he said.

Also watch: Indian family who died trying to cross into US from Canada identified

As per the Canadian authorities, the Patel family arrived in Toronto on January 12, 2022. From there they made their way to Manitoba and eventually to Emerson around January 18, a day before they tragically died near the border due to exposure to extreme weather conditions.

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