Indian family abducted in California found dead

The Sikh family was abducted at gunpoint and later discovered dead.

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On Thursday, the bodies of four members of an Indian-origin family—including an 8-month-old—who had been abducted in Merced, California, were discovered in an orchard.

The Sikh family was abducted at gunpoint and later discovered dead.

Villagers flocked to their homes on Thursday morning to comfort them and expressed their horror at the events, saying they could not have imagined such things happening in a nation like the US.

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According to the sheriff of Merced County in California, a farmworker discovered the deaths of Jasdeep Singh, 36, his wife Jasleen Kaur, their 8-month-old baby Aroohi Dheri, and Jasdeep’s brother Amandeep Singh, 39, in an orchard at around 5.30 p.m. (California time). Following the publication of a CCTV footage showing a man snatching them from their place of business on Monday, the statement was made.

Meanwhile, the California police detained one suspect, Jesus Manuel Salado, 48, when he used one of the victims’ ATM card. Salgado was hospitalised after making an attempt at suicide. The victims could be seen being escorted out of the store by an armed guy in the CCTV footage that the police later made public.

The suspect was shown on camera first passing by the property before approaching one of the men. It then depicts him guiding the men, whose wrists were tied with zip ties behind their backs, into the pickup truck’s back seat. The suspect then drove away after leading Jasdeep Singh, who was holding her infant in her arms, out of the trailer that served as the business office and into the vehicle.

Firefighters discovered Amandeep Singh’s truck on fire on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office. A family member was attempting to contact Amandeep Singh and the couple when Merced police arrived at his residence. They called the Merced County Sheriff’s office to report their family members missing when they were unable to reach them, according to the office.