Detroit: Indian American physician, 32-year old Dr Ramesh Kumar was found shot dead in his car outside Detroit, Michigan. The doctor, who had left for a hospital where he worked in the morning, but he never reached his destination.
His superior in the hospital who knew his schedule got worried when the young doctor who came from a well-known family of doctors, didn’t reach the hospital even a few hours after his usual time. He called his father Narendra Kumar, an ex president of the influential American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). Later, in the evening the doctor was found shot dead in his car at a rest area near Detroit.
While his father, Dr Narendra Kumar has ruled out a hate crime angle in his death saying he didn’t know anyone who hated him, but the way hate crimes against Indians are being reported, it cannot simply be ruled out. A few days ago, a young Sikh man from India’s Punjab state was stabbed to death in Modesto California. At least five people of Indian origin lost their lives in the US in a matter of a week.
Till now there is not much development in the barbaric killing of the Indian physician. His father had told The Hof India that his family doesn’t suspect anyone and has excluded the likelihood of it being a hate crime. Kumar, who graduated from the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, India, was associated with the Urology department of the Henry Ford Hospital. His disappearance became known when he did not show up to work on Thursday evening.
Authorities said that his body was found in the passenger seat of his car at a rest area 90 miles outside of Detroit after hours of searching on Thursday. A Times of India report, while quoting one of his relatives said, “On Friday at 11.30 am, we got information that Ramesh Kumar has been found dead inside his car. On Thursday, when Ramesh did not reach the hospital, a colleague called up his father. Then Narendra Kumar called and sent several text messages to Ramesh. But he did not revert. Following this, he lodged a complaint with the police. During the search, police found him shot dead inside his car, which was parked at a rest area on the highway in Michigan. His body was found in the back seat of the car. The police have not confirmed the reason for his death. His parents said they did not think it is a racial attack”.
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