India mourns passing away of 5 Indian students in Canada

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday, March 14, 2022, expressed grief over the passing away of five Indian students in an accident in the Greater Toronto area, Canada March 12, in a crash between their van and a tractor trailer.

“Deeply mourn the passing away of 5 Indian students in Canada. Condolences to their families. Pray for the recovery of those injured. @IndiainToronto will provide all necessary support and assistance,” Jaishankar tweeted.

India’s High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria on Monday made the announcement about the tragedy in the road accident.

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The accident occurred on Saturday on a highway in which two other students got injured. The Ontario Provincial Police is continuing investigation into the crash, and no charges have been laid.

Taking to Twitter, High Commissioner Bisaria expressed deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

“Heart-breaking tragedy in Canada: 5 Indian students passed away in an auto accident near Toronto on Saturday. Two others in the hospital. Deepest condolences to the families of the victims. @IndiainToronto team in touch with friends of the victims for assistance,” India’s High Commissioner to Canada said.

The Ontario Provincial Police identified the students as Harpreet Singh, Jaspinder Singh, Karanpal Singh, Mohit Chouhan, and Pawan Kumar.

They were traveling west in a passenger van on Highway 401 Saturday morning when they collided with a tractor-trailer at around 3:45 am.

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