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23-year-old Patiala Boy Found Dead in Canada

A boy from Patiala, who went to Canada on a study visa, was found dead on Sunday morning in the Nith River in New Hamburg town of Canada’s Ontario province. After the news of the death of Harmandeep Singh Bhinder came, a pall of gloom descended on Ranjit Nagar area in Patiala. 23-year-old Harmandeep Singh is survived by his father, mother and two sisters. Neighbours and relatives thronged the house immediately to express condolences with the family. On November 2, 2017, Harmandeep went to Canada from Patiala for higher studies. Last week, Harman had asked for ₹10 lakh for the work permit and Canadian permanent residency (PR), claimed the family members. As per sources, before he went missing, Harman was tensed for over past a week. Harman had allegedly committed suicide, according to reports. Shattered after hearing the news, Harman’s father Gurcharan Singh Bhinder said that he had already sent ₹1 lakh to him and had assured him to send ₹2 lakh more in the coming days. Gurcharan said, “I had already sold off my 7-8 acre farmland to send him abroad and I was trying hard to give him more money. I am left with only a house now.” On the intervening night of July 26-27, Harman’s family received a call of his demise from their relatives, with whom Harman was staying. The family members claimed that they are now taking the help of Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust, an NGO, to bring Harman’s body back to India and have appealed for assistance from the Punjab and Central government. Meanwhile, Gurtej Singh, Harman’s cousin said, “We have received an email from the Canada Police about the body of Harman. They (Canadian Police) have asked for identification of Harman as our son.”

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