Parents of drowned Indian-Canadian teen refuse to abandon search

August 21st, 2008 - 2:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Vancouver, Aug 21 (IANS) Mystery continues to surround the death of a Canadian teenager of Indian origin, who was reportedly swept away in the Fraser river near here last week.Though police divers have abandoned the search for the body after three days of extensive combing of the river, the distraught parents and relatives of the young man are refusing the leave the riverbanks.

They have hired private divers to continue the search.

Seventeen-year-old Harnek Aulakh, who is said to have strolled to the river with his girlfriend, was reportedly drowned in the river in the early hours of Aug 14.

Aulakh’s girlfriend says she fell into the river and Aulakh jumped in to save her, adding that he disappeared just after saving her.

The girlfriend, who is also of Indian origin, says she called the police immediately.

Aulakh had just graduated from school. His father, Major Singh Aulakh, immigrated from Chiheru village in Punjab to Canada many years ago.

Chiheru is also the ancestral village of Canada’s first Indian-origin federal minister Herb Dhaliwal.

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