Who Is Harshkumar Patel Aka 'Dirty Harry?' Indian-origin Man Arrested For Smuggling Family Who Died Near US-Canada Border

Indian-origin man arrested in human trafficking case linked to deaths at US-Canada border. Harshkumar Patel has been charged with transporting illegal aliens.

Published on Feb 26, 2024  |  06:29 PM IST |  47.8K
Harshkumar Patel Aka 'Dirty Harry
Dirty Harry is captured while smuggling Indian family (PC: Facebook)
Key Highlight
  • Harshkumar Patel arrested in connection with human trafficking case
  • Patel was charged with conspiracy to bring an illegal alien to the United States

The US authorities have arrested an Indian-origin man in connection with a human trafficking case in which four Indians froze to death near Manitoba's southern border with the US two years ago, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News reported.

Arrest and charges

Harshkumar Patel, also known as 'Dirty Harry,' 'Param Singh,' and 'Haresh Rameshlal Patel,' was arrested at Chicago airport last week. He has been charged with the "transportation of illegal alien and conspiracy to bring and attempt to bring an illegal alien to the United States."

Allegations and details

Court documents allege Harshkumar Patel had recruited alleged smuggler Steve Shand - a Florida resident who was arrested in 2022 after the bodies were recovered.

"Patel was part of an organized human smuggling group that facilitated illegal entry of Indian nationals into the United States," the police said in its complaint.

The police complaint also provides details of communication between Harshkumar Patel and Shand. They spoke about "arrangements for rental cars, hotels, and payments

Tragic deaths

Jagdish Baldevbhai Patel, his wife Vaishaliben Jagdishkumar Patel, and their children Vihangi Jagdishkumar and Dharmik Jagdishkumar were found frozen to death near Emerson, Manitoba on January 19, 2022.

The Patel family arrived in Toronto on January 12, 2022, their first point of entry into Canada. From Toronto, the family made their way to Manitoba and eventually to Emerson before they died near the border due to exposure to extreme weather conditions.


Police had earlier said there was no abandoned vehicle located on the Canadian side of the border, clearly indicating that someone drove the family to the border and then left the scene.

This tragic incident highlights the dangers and consequences of human trafficking. While the arrest of Harshkumar Patel is a step towards justice, it also underscores the need for continued vigilance and cooperation between countries to combat such crimes.

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Who was arrested in connection with the human trafficking case?
Harshkumar Patel, also known as 'Dirty Harry,' was arrested.

What charges does Patel face?
Patel faces charges of transportation of illegal aliens and conspiracy to bring an unlawful alien to the United States.

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