5 December 2022

Washington / Jalandhar / Chandigarh : A criminal former jailbird and a tattooed to his neck murdered four members of a Sikh family in California , including an eight – month old infant , in a brutal crime that has stunned the tight knit community .

Jasleen Kaur ( 27 ) , her husband Jasdeep Singh ( 36 ) , their eight – month – old baby daughter Aroohi Dheri , and Singh’s brother Amandeep ( 39 ) , were all found dead on Wednesday afternoon , some 48 hours after they were kid napped at gunpoint from their business office in Merced , California . The motive for the crime is not known but it is believed to be financial .

Four Of Sikh Family Killed
Four Of Sikh Family Killed

Just hours before the bodies were found in a rural California shack , police re leased surveillance footage of the family being led out of their new trucking business with their hands bound in zip cables .

They are believed to have been killed by Jesus Manuel a 48 – year – old crimi Salgadonal who was tracked down after trying to use one of the victim’s ATM cards . Salgado was convicted of armed robbery of another trucking family in 2005 and had spent 11 years in prison . He is currently in hospital after attempting to kill himself as police were closing in on him .

California Sikhs , many of them descendants of settlers who arrived on the West Coast more than a century ago , are majorly into agriculture and the trucking business .

The state also elected the first ever Asian lawmaker , Congressman Dalip Singh Saund , who served three terms in the House of Representatives in the 1950s .

The community earlier last week lost Didar Singh Bains ( 84 ) , America’s biggest peach farmer and one of the wealthiest agriculturists in the US .

Jasdeep Singh’s family was of relatively newer origins and hailed from Harsi Pind in Hoshiarpur . They had only recently started their trucking business , according to local reports .

” There is no words to de scribe the anger I feel , and the senselessness of this incident , ” Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said on Wednesday night after the bodies were discovered .

” There’s a special place in hell for this guy ( the alleged perpetrator ) . “

In chief Chandigarh , Punjab minister Bhagwant Mann condemned the murders and sought the intervention of external affairs minister S Jaishankar to urge the US government to conduct a thorough probe into the murders , Mann said the Indian government must raise the is sue of the security of Punjabis living in the US with the government there .

Earlier in the day , police authorities released footage of the kidnapping . Explaining the timeline of the crime , undersheriff Corey Gibson said that Amandeep and Jasdeep arrived at the business between 8.30 am and 8.40 am local times .

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