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Amherst business owner under investigation

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - News 4 has confirmed Amherst Police were looking for personal effects belonging to 14-year-old Gursewak Singh, identified in court documents as G.S., when they searched the Taste of India Restaurant on Sheridan Drive and a home on Carmen Road last month.

Both properties in the Town of Amherst are owned by Deep Singh, who is now the subject of a multi-agency criminal investigation. 

Why Singh is under investigation is still unclear.

The minor, who's connection to Deep Singh is unknown, went missing last month; he was part of a tour group from India. 

"The search warrant reflects that they were basically looking for information surrounding this individual, including electronic records of his existence and where he may be," said Amherst Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa. 

According to court documents, police were also looking for bodily fluids or traces of blood belonging to G.S., who was eventually found safe. 

Amherst Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa can't say what 58-year-old Deep Singh is being investigated for, but said what police recovered from his home, is unusual. 

Court papers show police seized several thousand dollars in cash, several cell phones, laptops, electronics, and personal documents from Singh's Carmen Road home. 

The business owner claims his property, including his passport, was unlawfully seized, and has filed paperwork to have some of it returned. 

Singh's attorney Justin White has petitioned to have Mr. Singh's seized items returned. 

"We're in the process of trying to work out a resolution so that we can return materials that are not needed as part of an investigation which is ongoing," Sliwa said. 

Court documents filed Nov. 30 show that Singh is under investigation by the Erie County District Attorney's Office and federal investigators.

The Erie County DA's office declined to comment. 

Singh claims in court documents that through his cooperation, police found the missing 14-year-old back in October.

The Amherst Police Department has not returned our request for comment.  

Deep Singh has not been charged with a crime. 

The Taste of India restaurant remains open. 

This is a developing story. 


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