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Punjab calls for probe into Indian American killings

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann expressed condolences over the death of an Indian-origin family, who were found dead in California, a few days after they were abducted at gunpoint earlier this week in the US state.

In a Twitter post on October 6, Mann also made an appeal to Minister S Jaishankar to conduct a high-level inquiry into the death of the family who had origins in the state of Punjab.

"There was news of kidnapping and murder of four Indians in California, in which an 8-month-old girl has also been murdered. Very sad to hear this news. I share my grief with the families of the victims... and also appeal to the Union Minister of External Affairs @DrSJaishankar to conduct a high-level inquiry into the matter," CM Mann tweeted.

The Punjab CM's request came shortly after Merced county police informed that the Indian-origin family, including an eight-month-old baby girl, were found dead in an orchard in California.

The Sheriff described it as a "horribly senseless" act and said that the police did not know the "motivation yet." "We have a whole family wiped out and for what? We don't know yet," he said.

36-year-old Jasdeep Singh, 27-year-old Jasleen Kaur, their eight-month-old child Aroohi Dheri, along with 39-year-old Amandeep Singh were abducted, police said.


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