Indian arrested near US-Canada border requires partial amputation of arm

Two of the seven Indian nationals who were illegally in the US and were arrested near the US-Canada border have suffered serious injuries from “suspected frostbite” and one woman required partial amputation of her hand in extreme cold weather. According to a court document.

On Thursday, a criminal complaint was filed in the US District Court for the District of Minnesota against 47-year-old US citizen Steve Shand, who has been charged with human trafficking.

Shand, “a suspected smuggler of unspecified foreign nationals”, was arrested on January 19 for transporting two Indian nationals who were illegally present in the US near the US-Canadian border.

Two Indian nationals have been identified in the complaint as ‘SP’ and ‘YP’.

The complaint also states that five Indian nationals “illegally present” in the United States at the time of Shand’s arrest were also identified and arrested.

“Six of the seven foreign nationals arrested were present at the Pembina Border Patrol Station in North Dakota” and “one of the foreign nationals was hospitalized for cold sores.” The complaint also states that two of the seven Indian nationals arrested are “seriously injured”. “A male adult and a female adult were taken to hospital for suspected frostbite. The male was later released from the hospital, but the female was taken to a larger hospital and one was exposed to extreme cold. Will require partial amputation of arm. Weather conditions. The woman even stopped breathing several times while being carried by the Border Patrol.”

Officials have said that the weather in the area was severe, with strong winds, snowfall and the temperature was below zero. “The area is also noted by the Border Patrol as a high incidence area for human trafficking,” the statement said.

A family of four Indian nationals, including an infant, died at the US-Canada border in what officials believe was a failed attempt to cross during a blizzard.

Assistant Commissioner Jane McLachey, commanding officer of the Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said in a press conference that RCMP officers discovered the bodies of three individuals – an adult male, an adult female and an infant – on the Canadian side of the border.

Fearing that there might be additional victims, officers continued their search and unearthed the body of another male, who was believed to be a juvenile at this time.

Five Indian nationals told officials that they had gone across the border hoping to be picked up by someone.

The group said they had been roaming around for more than 11 hours. One of the group members had a bag that was not his.

He told officials that he was carrying bags for a family of four Indian nationals who had earlier accompanied his group but were separated during the night.

The bag contained baby clothes, a diaper, toys and some children’s medicine.

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