Indian-origin ‘Dirty Harry’ arrested in US for border death of Gujarati family

Indian-origin ‘Dirty Harry’ arrested in US for border death of Gujarati family

US authorities have arrested in Chicago an Indian-origin person, Harshkumar Patel, who is a key suspect in the human trafficking case of 2022 in which four of a family from Gujarat were killed while being smuggled into the US through Canada.

Harshkumar Patel is also known as ‘Dirty Harry’.

The victims, Jagdish Patel (39), his wife Vaishali (37), and their two children — Vihangi (11) and Dharmik (3), were from Dingucha, near Gandhinagar, were found frozen to death near Emerson, Manitoba, approximately 12 metres from the Canada-US border while illegally attempting to enter the US.

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According to reports by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) News’ Fifth Estate segment, Patel was taken into custody at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Patel aka ‘Dirty Harry’ has been charged with the criminal offence of “transportation of illegal alien and conspiracy to bring and attempt to bring an illegal alien to the United States”.

The hearing in Patel’s case is slated for February 28, with the possibility of a transfer to Minnesota, according to the CBC.

PATEL’S INVOLVEMENT IN DINGUCHA FAMILY’S TRAGEDY

Documents filed in court, like affidavits and complaints in the case against Patel in the US District Court for the District of Minnesota, give a lot of information about how Patel was part of the human smuggling conspiracy.

“Patel was an Indian national whose real name was Harshkumar Patel, and that he lived in Florida… He was part of an organised human smuggling group that facilitated illegal entry of Indian nationals into the United States,” the affidavit said.

Investigations have revealed that Patel was allegedly in communication with Steve Shand, who was arrested on January 19, 2022, by US authorities driving a van transporting seven individuals, including the four victims from Gujarat’s Dingucha, near the US border.

The Minnesota court documents also indicate Shand’s involvement in a total of five similar cases between December 2021 and January 2022, all orchestrated at the direction of Harshkumar Patel, who also operates under various aliases such as Harry Patel, Param Singh, Haresh Patel, and Hareshkumar Singh Patel.

TEXTS REVEAL GUJARAT HUMAN SMUGGLING RACKET

US Authorities have revealed WhatsApp exchanges and financial transactions between Patel and Shand, which helped them understand the intricate web of the international human smuggling racket originating from Gujarat.

Patel getting caught and the proof found are important steps in figuring out how this illegal plan works in the US. It targets people who really want to make their American dreams come true.

Prior to Patel’s arrest, authorities had identified other key players in the case, including Fenil Patel in Canada and Bittu Singh, also known as Paji, in the US.

Court documents from Minnesota reveal that Patel provided Shand with route maps for transporting illegal migrants from the Canada-US border, specifically between Emerson, Winnipeg, in Canada, and Pembina, North Dakota, in the US.

Shand’s jury trial is scheduled to commence in Minnesota in March.

Published By:

Girish Kumar Anshul

Published On:

Feb 26, 2024

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