Christmas holidays in Canada may delay bringing Jalandhar teen’s body back
The officials told the family that it would take over two weeks in completing the documentation process as the officials concerned are on Christmas holidays.Updated: Dec 23, 2017 23:13 IST
The ongoing Christmas holidays in Canada are likely to delay the process of bringing back the body of Sahaj Juneja, the 19-year-old from Jalandhar who died on Wednesday, two days after landing in Toronto.
On Friday, his family members had approached the external affairs ministry to help them bring his body back. Speaking to HT, they said the government has assured to help them but they are worried that the process will be delayed due Christmas holidays in Canada.
Presently, Sahaj’s body is in a morgue in Toronto. The family says they do not have resources to bring back his body.
His brother-in-law Prabhjeet Singh said the external affairs ministry took up the matter with the Indian high commission in Ottawa (Canada) on Friday.
The officials told the family that it would take over two weeks in completing the documentation process as the officials concerned are on Christmas holidays.
“We talked to the officials of the Indian Commission in Canada on Saturday but they did not confirm that the body will be brought back this week. The ministry is finding tough to take up the matter with the Canadian government due to the holidays,” Prabhjeet said.
The family members are in a state of shock and it will be a torturous experience to them if there is a delay in bringing the body back, said Sahaj’s father Inderjit Singh.
His mother Anu Juneja said, “It was his dream to live a comfortable life abroad. He was 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.”
“I have 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.
Sampla, Mann take up issue with Swaraj
Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Vijay Sampla and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann have also taken up the matter with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to bring back the body at the government’s expenses.
The family, who live in Green Model Town locality, said Sahaj had taken admission at Lambton College in Mississauga, Ontario.
He had completed Class 12 (commerce) from Delhi Public School in Jalandhar, the family said.