Indian Origin Sikh passes away in US Jail

Jalandhar, March 08, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)

Indian Origin Sikh boy Simratpal Singh, 21 passed away in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the La Paz County Jail (LPCJ) after efforts by medical staff to revive him remained unsuccessful. An autopsy is pending to determine the official cause of death.

This was disclosed here by Satnam Singh Chahal executive director North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) in a press release issued here today.

Chahal said although U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have not provided more information about the death of Simratpal Singh due to the open status of ongoing investigations, ICE has determined that the information NAPA requested is withheld.

Chahal said that Simratpal Singh after posting bond on charges of assault and sexual assault was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on May 2, 2019 at the La Paz County Jail (LPCJ) while he awaited transfer to an ICE facility.

On the same date, the La Paz County Jail (LPCJ) personnel found him unresponsive and not breathing. As per ICE authorities Local paramedics were called, and Simratpal Singh was transported via ambulance to the La Paz Regional Hospital in Parker (Arizona), and subsequently airlifted to the Abrazo West Campus Hospital (AWCH) in Goodyear (Arizona) where on May 3, 2019, at 1:58 a.m., Doctors of Abrazo West Campus Hospital (AWCH) declared Simratpal Singh dead.

Chahal further said that that ICE claimed they had notified the Indian Consulate about the death of Simratpal Singh. Still this is not clear whether the death was due to suicide or a natural death.

Chahal further said that earlier one more Sikh boy Paramjit Singh, 35 who belonged to village Mohablipur near Sultanpur Lodhi District Kapurthala in Punjab State hung himself at his residence in Sunnyvale, a Silicon Valley suburb in California and he was found dead.

Before his death he moved to the Bay Area from India six months ago, seeking a better economic future for his family after paying 2,500,000 rupees to an Agent. It was said that he crossed the United States border with Mexico, in a journey that was described as a struggle. After arriving in the United States things didn’t turn out good for him.

He found himself battling depression after not being able to find employment. Chahal said that it was important for all youth in Punjab who were considering illegal immigration to remember that there were tremendous difficulties in obtaining employment in the United States without proper documentation.

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