Dr Ramesh Kumar, an Indian doctor from Kerala was found shot dead in Detroit, Michigan. The incident has shocked the large community of Indian physicians in the US. While Indian-Americans of different backgrounds have faced increased attacks in recent months after President Donald Trump’s win in elections, it is probably the first time that a Physician has been attacked.
32-year old Ramesh Kumar was found dead in his car some 90 miles from Detroit in Michigan. He was working in the Urology Department of the Henry Ford Hospital, Michigan.
A very punctual doctor who was popular among his patients and staff of the doctor, the administration got worried when he didn’t reach the hospital at his usual time. When a few hours passed and there was still no trace of Dr Ramesh Kumar, the head of urology department at the Henry Ford Hospital called his father, a renowned physician in the US.
His father, Dr Narendra Kumar, a former president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) was taken aback as his son who lived with him had left for the hospitals hours ago. He texted his son, but got no response. Calls too were not returned. This got Dr Narendra Kumar scared. He called 911 but was asked to wait for a few more hours. Later police said that the Indian American doctor was found dead on the passenger seat of a car in a rest area, some 90 miles out of Detroit, on late Thursday evening.
His family said they are shocked by the incident and have no suspect in mind. “We do not know (the reason for his murder). They (The police) are yet to find out,” his father told a news agency. He further said, “We do not suspect anything. We do not think, it was a hate crime”. Ramesh had done his MBBS from the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi.
It should be kept in mind that hate crimes against Indians have become rather common in the US in recent months. Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed when a US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani before yelling “get out of my country” in February. There have been several other incidents and more than half a dozen Indian Americans have lost their lives.