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Funeral held Thursday in Patel family's home village of Dingucha, India.

Funeral held Thursday in Patel family's home village of Dingucha, India.

The bodies of a family of four found frozen in a Manitoba field near the Canada-U.S. border last week will not be flown back to their home in India, a relative says.

Posted: Jan 28, 2022 6:38 PM CT | Last Updated: 12 minutes ago"This sad incident has happened in our house and the entire family is mourning," Jagdish's cousin, Jaswant Patel, said in a statement.Shortly before the family's bodies were discovered, U.S. officials had detained seven other Indian nationals on the American side of the border.

All day, men wearing white and women in black saris — formal funeral attire in India — flocked in from nearby villages to pay their respects to the grandfather who has now lost his son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, he said.WATCH | Bodies of family found near border won't be sent back to India:

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So sad for what had happen .RIP ! Coulda just stayed in Canada and had a great life. RIP Sad but they were committing a crime! 💔. Terribly sad. Such a young family. He took his family out of India because he lost his job and only job available was BENEATH his caste and he would lose social standing in his community. HE FECKING KILLED HIS FAMILY BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT TO WORK IN A RESTAURANT

This whole situation was sad. So sad 😞 such thing happened in so wealthy countries 😞 💔

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Identities of bodies found near Canada-U.S. border confirmed by High Commission of India | CBC NewsFour people found frozen in a Manitoba field near the Canada-U.S. border last week have been officially identified as a group of Indian nationals, the High Commission of India in Ottawa says. So sad ! Heartbreaking. Florida man got the catch and release program very fast eh 😏😏😡😡

Manitoba RCMP identify bodies found frozen near Canada-U.S. border as family from India | CBC NewsFour people found frozen in a Manitoba field near the Canada-U.S. border last week have been officially identified as a family of four from India. Gonna have to read the whole story. Were they not well dressed? Were they out walking for too long? A very sad and desperate situation.

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Social Sharing Funeral held Thursday in Patel family's home village of Dingucha, India CBC News · Posted: Jan 28, 2022 6:38 PM CT | Last Updated: 12 minutes ago Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel, 39 and Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar Patel, 37, and their children, Vihangi Jagdishkumar, 11, and Patel Dharmik Jagdishkumar Patel, 3, were identified by officials on Thursday as the people who froze to death near the Canada-U.Hundreds of Indians, mostly from the western states of Punjab and Gujarat, attempt to cross the Canada-U.Social Sharing Victims identified as man, woman in late 30s, 11-year-old girl, 3-year-old boy CBC News · Posted: Jan 27, 2022 12:52 PM CT | Last Updated: 9 minutes ago The people found dead in a Manitoba field near the Canada-U.Social Sharing Family of 4 identified as man, woman in late 30s, 11-year-old girl, 3-year-old boy CBC News · Posted: Jan 27, 2022 12:52 PM CT | Last Updated: 12 minutes ago Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel (left to right), son Dharmik Jagdishkumar Patel, wife and mother Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar Patel and daughter Vihangi Jagdishkumar Patel are shown in a handout photo.

S. border last week. border each year, braving harsh weather conditions in search of a better life and job opportunities in the West. (Amritbhai Vakil/The Canadian Press) On Thursday, officials confirmed the identities of husband and wife, Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel, 39, and Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar Patel, 37, and their children, Vihangi Jagdishkumar Patel, 11, and three-year-old Dharmik Jagdishkumar Patel, following autopsies that showed the family died of exposure to extreme weather conditions. (Submitted by RCMP) While Manitoba RCMP initially identified the people as a man, woman, teenage boy and infant, the High Commission said in a news release on Thursday the children who died were actually a girl and a toddler. "This sad incident has happened in our house and the entire family is mourning," Jagdish's cousin, Jaswant Patel, said in a statement. "We are now trying to nab the human traffickers who managed to send this family and others abroad via illegal channels," said police official A. "No one is ready to speak [about] anything or they are also not in a condition to speak. 19, the High Commission of India in Ottawa said in a news release.

The bodies will not be brought here and the last rites will be performed in Canada. Jhala in the state capital of Gandhinagar. The Consulate General of India in Toronto has been in touch with the victims' family and is providing support." It's believed the family was part of a group trying to walk across the international border into the U.S. U., but got separated from the rest during a blizzard and froze to death near the Manitoba town of Emerson on Jan. 19. authorities have charged a U. Autopsies of the four were done on Wednesday by Manitoba's chief medical examiner and confimed that the family members died of exposure to extreme weather conditions.

Bodies found frozen near Canada-U.S. man with human trafficking after the four -- a man, woman, baby and teenager -- were found dead in the Canadian province of Manitoba, a few yards north of the frontier with Minnesota. border confirmed to be family from India Shortly before the family's bodies were discovered, U.S. Officials said they got separated from the group of 18 people and were probably caught in a blizzard, resulting in a tragedy described as "mind-blowing" by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. officials had detained seven other Indian nationals on the American side of the border. Investigators believe the case involved human smuggling and would like to speak to anyone who may have helped or seen the family while they were in Canada.

The update from the family came at a funeral held Thursday, said Vaibhav Jha, a local journalist who was outside their house in the village of Dingucha during the service. "The nexus of human trafficking runs deep, often involving local politicians too," said Jhala, adding that people even sell their land and homes to fund efforts to get to the United States or Canada. A funeral was held for the family in their home village of Dingucha on Thursday. (Submitted by Vaibhav Jha) All day, men wearing white and women in black saris — formal funeral attire in India — flocked in from nearby villages to pay their respects to the grandfather who has now lost his son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, he said. (Reporting by Rupam Jain; editing by Clarence Fernandez) RELATED IMAGES A border marker is shown just outside of Emerson, Man. "He will not speak with the press. He did not even speak to the families and relatives. 20, 2022.

He has confined himself to the house," said Jha, a senior correspondent with the Indian Express "The news was devastating for them." WATCH | Bodies of family found near border won't be sent back to India: Patel family found frozen near U.S.-Canada border won't be flown back to India 4 hours ago Duration 2:09 2:09 Seeking opportunities The victims had left their ancestral home this month after they incurred severe financial losses while operating a small retail shop and were unable to make ends meet from their farm income. "The couple felt they were struggling to run their home and the kids needed better education … they decided to leave India because they failed to find a good job here," said Sanjay Patel, a cousin of the victim who lives in Dingucha, home to more than 1,200 families.

Jha said both Jagdish and Vaishaliben used to be teachers, and more recently the father worked in the garment industry. Migrants, asylum seekers face uphill battle to legally enter Canada and U.S., experts say Despite being a highly industrialized state, thousands of locals from Gujarat leave for the United States and Canada looking for better opportunities. The couple felt they were struggling to run their home and the kids needed better education … they decided to leave India because they failed to find a good job here.

- Sanjay Patel, relative More than 2,000 residents of the village have migrated to the United States in the last 10 years, mainly working at gas stations, malls and restaurants, said Patel, who is also a member of the village's self-governing council. During his time in Dingucha, Jha said, about half of the houses in the village appeared to be empty. "It's an urban, affluent village, where people have mansions and bungalows. Yet they're locked up because these people have migrated already to overseas countries or to metropolitan cities in India," he said, describing a trend he says has been going on for decades. Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel and Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar Patel are pictured with their daughter, Vihangi Jagdishkumar Patel.

(Family handout/ Vaibhav Jha/Indian Express) An Indian police official investigating the case said the deceased Patel was one among tens of thousands of locals who immigrate to the West as they are reluctant to take up menial jobs which they consider beneath their social standing. "The Patel community has historically chosen to settle abroad but now we are seeing increased number of cases where people are willing to sell their land, gold just to find a way to live in Canada or America," said the official, Ajay Parmar. "Everyone wants better jobs and those are not easily available in India." Smuggling operations Posters of travel and immigration agents advertising what they describe as easy U.S.

, U.K. and Canadian visa facilities are pasted on several walls of the village square — including some believed to be for illegal smuggling operations. "I did not see any other advertisement — even of a soap or a shampoo brand — but I saw advertisements of travel agencies, operators who promised student visas to just about anybody," Jha said. Posters of travel and immigration agents advertising what they describe as easy visa facilities are widely distributed in the village of Dingucha.

(Submitted by Vaibhav Jha) He said the Patel family likely paid a large sum of money to smugglers to get to North America. But so far, people in the village are staying quiet about what they might know about the operations. "They're feeling sad toward the four-member family who have died, yet they're very apprehensive of speaking more about the other seven members who have been detained," Jha said. Last week, U.S.

authorities charged Steve Shand, 47, of Florida with transporting or attempting to transport undocumented migrants in connection with the case. Shand was later released from custody on a number of conditions . Indian police said they've detained 13 travel agents as part of an international smuggling investigation to unearth illegal immigration networks running across Gujarat. Jagdish Patel and his wife Vaishaliben, both former teachers, recently suffered "severe financial losses" while operating a small retail shop and were unable to make ends meet from their farm income, according to cousin Sanjay Patel. He says they left India in search of better opportunities for their children.

(Family handout/ Vaibhav Jha/Indian Express) Police in India detain 6 in connection with deaths at Canadian border From 2016 to the end of 2021, the Canada Border Services Agency has opened 355 criminal investigations involving human smuggling, a spokesperson said. Of those cases, 162 saw charges laid. And while authorities are staying tight-lipped so far on what they know about the journey the family made to a frozen field in Manitoba from their home village in India, Jha said he hopes more people involved will be caught soon. "At the end of the day, this man just wanted to do good for his family, and his desperation was taken advantage of by some nefarious illegal human traffickers," he said. With files from Marina von Stackelberg and Reuters .