Chandigarh, October 6

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday deplored the killing of four members of a Sikh family in the US and said there should be a high-level inquiry into the matter.

Four members of a Sikh family, including an eight-month-old girl, who were kidnapped in the US state of California earlier this week have been found dead, authorities said Wednesday.

The deceased have been identified as 36-year-old Jasdeep Singh, 27-year-old Jasleen Kaur, their eight-month-old child Arohi Deri and the baby’s uncle, 39-year-old Amandeep Singh.

The Sikh family hails from Harsi Pind in Tanda block of Hoshiarpur district in Punjab.

In a tweet, CM Mann said, “Got the news of the killing of four Indians, including an eight-month-old child in California.”

“Also appeal to Union External Affairs Minister @DrSJaishankar that there should be a high level inquiry into this matter,” he said in a Punjabi tweet, expressing grief over the killing.

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal also condoled the death of four family members.

He urged Union Minister Jaishankar to take up the issue of safety and security of Indians with the concerned US authorities.

“The brutal abduction and murder of 8-year-old Arohi, her parents and uncle Amandeep Singh is a matter of shock and concern for Pbis around the world. I urge @DrSJaishankar to take up the issue of safety and security of Indians with the US admin, even as I extend my deepest condolences to the bereaved family,” Badal tweeted.

Speaking to the media outside Punjab Bhavan, Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal expressed deep grief over the horrific incident and expressed confidence with the relatives of the victim’s family.

The cabinet asked the governor of the state of California and the mayor of Merced County in the United States to arrest the killers as soon as possible. He also appealed that the killers should be punished as an example so that no one can commit such heinous crimes in future.

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