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Hands zip-tied, forced into truck: Chilling video shows abduction of Sikh family found dead in US

India Today logo India Today 06-10-2022 India Today Web Desk

The Merced County Sheriff's Office has released shocking CCTV footage showing how the four members of an Indian-origin family, who were found dead on Wednesday, were kidnapped at gunpoint from a trucking company in Central California on Monday.

48-year-old Manuel Salgado, considered a "person of interest" in the kidnapping of the four-member Sikh family, had been taken into custody and was in critical condition after he tried to kill himself, authorities said. He was picked up after he used one of the victim's ATM cards.

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Jasleen Kaur, 27, was abducted along with her husband Jasdeep Singh, 36, their eight-month-old daughter Aruhi Deri and her brother-in-law Amandeep Singh, 39, from a newly opened trucking business on Monday morning.

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The video released by police shows the suspect checking out the property before speaking to one of the men. He is later seen shoving the men with their hands zip-tied behind their backs into the back seat of Amandeep Singh's pickup truck.

The suspect then returned to the trailer, which served as an office, and led Jasdeep Singh, who was carrying the child, into the truck before the suspect drove off.

Family members said nothing was stolen from the trucking company though all of their relatives were wearing jewellery.

Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said after the theft, an ATM card belonging to one of the victims was used in Atwater, a town about 9 miles north of Merced.

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Warnke said the kidnapper did not demand a ransom in what he believes was a financially motivated crime.

Relatives of the victims asked around to check their surveillance cameras for images of the suspect or the family.

"Please help us, come forward so that my family can come home safe," said Sukdeep Singh, the victim's brother, his voice breaking.

They said they were worried that the child had not been fed because the family had no baby food at the time of the abduction.

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