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Panama boat tragedy: Sukhbir urges Sushma to send team to US

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to immediately send a team to US in order to bring justice to the victims of Panama boat tragedy and

punjab Updated: Jan 18, 2016 15:58 IST
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Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal (HT Photo )

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to immediately send a team to US in order to bring justice to the victims of Panama boat tragedy and expose the human trafficking racket.

The union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has assured the Badal government of desired action.

Punjab government too would be sending senior officials to look into the entire episode. “We will send a team to US to trace out the survivors of the tragedy.” said deputy CM.

About 20 youths from Punjab headed to the US illegally are feared drowned in a boat-capsize incident at sea between the Colombian port city of Turbo and neighbouring South American country Panama in the first week of this month, as reported by a survivor.

Two families from Kapurthala district claim to have received the tragic news over telephone from the survivor, Sonu of Bhogpur (Jalandhar). They have approached the Kapurthala police with a complaint against travel agents Harbhajan Singh of Kapurthala’s Bhatnura village and Kulwinder Singh Multani of Bhogpur, and sought help from the Indian government in tracing their sons.

Deputy Punjab CM has directed the director general of police and senior superintendent police, Kapurthala to take action against travel agents involved in human trafficking.