A 16-year-old youth of Salempur village in Hoshiarpur district reportedly drowned in the All-American Canal along the US-Mexico border in a bid to enter the US illegally.
Victim Ravinder Singh reportedly died in the last week of May. It was after the authorities concerned uploaded his pictures on the social media that one of his relatives in the US identified him and informed his family in Punjab.
“My brother Malkit Singh saw the pictures and called us in the morning. There might have been other boys with Ravinder. We do not have other details,” said the victim’s father, Gurpal Singh.
Gurpal Singh said he had sent his son to Mexico through an agent of Nangli village. “Ravinder had flown to Mexico on May 3. The agent had assured him a safe passage into the US. Had I known I was to lose my son forever, I would have never let him go,” he said. The father, however, refused to tell how much money he had paid to the agent.
Ravinder’s mother, Daljit Kaur, said she had last spoken to her son on May 28. “He was unapproachable all these days. We thought he must be in the transit,” she said.