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Canadian dream shatters: Jalandhar teen dies 2 days after landing in Toronto

His body is lying in a morgue in Toronto for the past two days as the family says they do not have resources to bring his body back home.

punjab Updated: Dec 23, 2017 18:33 IST
Jatinder Mahal
Jatinder Mahal
Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
Canada,Punjabis in Canada,Ontario
Sahaj Juneja(HT Photo)

A 19-year-old youth from Jalandhar who had landed in Toronto on Monday to fulfil his dream of studying in Canada died two days later in mysterious circumstances.

His family, living in Green Model Town here, said Sahaj Juneja had taken admission in Lambton College in Mississauga, Ontario, and he reached there on Monday.

“After sleeping on Tuesday night, he did not wake up from his bed on Wednesday morning and doctors declared him dead,” said Juneja’s father Inderjit Singh while talking to HT.

Juneja’s body is lying in a morgue in Toronto for the past two days as the family says they do not have resources to bring his body back home.

Inderjit has urged external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to intervene in the matter so that the ministry bears the expenses of bringing his son’s body back to India.

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“I had already spent over Rs 12 lakh for sending my only son to Canada after borrowing from relatives and taking a loan. I run a small shop and my financial condition is not so good that I can afford to bring my son’s body back,” Inderjit said.

He said he had written a letter to Swaraj on Thursday when they got to know about his son’s death. “But so far, we haven’t received any response from the ministry.”

“If no help comes from there, I have only one option left and that is to sell my house to arrange money for bringing my son’s body home,” he said.

Juneja had completed Class 12 (commerce) from Delhi Public School in Jalandhar and was a brilliant student, said his brother-in-law Prabhjeet Singh.

Anu Juneja, the deceased’s mother said, it was his dream to live a “comfortable life” abroad. “Sahaj was very happy as his dream was coming true. We even went to the Golden Temple to seek the blessings of Waheguru two days before his departure. We couldn’t even imagine that we will never see him again.”

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 23:57 IST