Abduction of an ethnic Indian family in the United States: relatives left at home in a village in Punjab in shock

  • The family was kidnapped Monday from a business in Merced County, California.
  • A 48-year-old man considered a “person of interest” in the kidnapping of the four-member Sikh family has been taken into custody.
  • One of the victim’s parents, Dr. Randhir Singh and Kirpal Kaur hail from Harsi Pind village in Tanda block of Hoshiarpur.


News of the kidnapping of a family of four of Indian descent, including an eight-month-old child, from the US state of California left their loved ones left behind in shock.

A 48-year-old man considered a “person of interest” in the kidnapping of the four Sikh family members has been taken into custody and is in critical condition, US authorities said. The victims are still missing.

The family was kidnapped Monday from a business in Merced County, California.

Family members have been identified as eight months old Aroohi Dherihis 27-year-old mother Jasleen Kaurhis father Jasdeep Singh, 36, and his uncle Amandeep Singh, 39.

Jasdeep’s parents, Dr. Randhir Singh and Kirpal Kaur, hail from Harsi Pind village in Tanda block of Hoshiarpur.

Charanjit Singh, a neighbor of Randhir Singh, said Jasdeep’s parents were in shock and unable to speak.

Randhir Singh and Kirpal Kaur have retired from the health and education departments respectively.

According to Charanjit Singh, Randhir Singh returned to India from abroad on September 29. Upon his arrival, he went on a pilgrimage to Uttarakhand. When he arrived in Rishikesh, he got a call from daughter-in-law Jaspreet Kaur from USA who told him about the incident of kidnapping her husband Amandeep Singh and other family members.

After learning of the incident, Randhir Singh returned to his village on Tuesday evening and is preparing to leave for the United States on Tuesday evening, his neighbor said.

Residents of Harsi Pind and its nearby villages rushed to Randhir Singh’s house to support the family and prayed for the safe return of the kidnapped people to their homes, Charanjit Singh said.

He further claimed that the Union Minister and Hoshiarpur MP Som Parkash had also telephoned Randhir Singh and assured him of the full support of the central government.

Tanda Police Deputy Superintendent Kulwant Singh said he also visited Randhir Singh’s house and assured him of his full support.

A vehicle belonging to one of the family members was found burnt out on Monday evening, leading US law enforcement to determine that the four had been abducted.

According to a press release, detectives were informed on Tuesday morning that one of the victim’s bank cards had been used in a AT M at Atwater in Merced County.

“Investigators have obtained the CCTV photo of a subject performing a banking transaction where the person appears to resemble the CCTV photo from the original abduction scene,” the Merced County Sheriff’s Office release said. .

Prior to the intervention of law enforcement, the suspect identified as Jesus Manuel Salgado “attempted to commit suicide” and is currently “in police custody, receiving medical treatment and in critical condition”.

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