Jagjeet Singh, a 32-year-old Indian American was killed in Modesto city in California. The news has come as a huge shock to the Indian American community. He was stabbed to death. The killer is yet to be apprehended.
Indian Americans continue to be attacked with impunity in the US. Another young Indian in his early thirties was killed. The news comes merely a day after a 32-year old physician from Kerala, India was found murdered in his car near Detroit, Michigan.
On Wednesday, two more Indian Americans were murdered by a gun wielding young man at their house in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley. The slain Indian American was a well-known tech executive working there for close to twenty years. So, merely in a matter of less than a week as many as five Indian Americans have lost their lives in different parts of the country and there is not even a whimper from Indian government.
Reports suggest that Jagjeet Singh’s family had taken huge amount of loans from relatives to send him to the United States. He had left for American merely a year ago.
Reports suggest that Jagjeet Singh who worked at a store in Modesto city used to live with his sister and brother-in-law after arriving in the US. The slain man had two young sons – Ishmeet Singh (9) and Dilpreet Singh (7). His wife Kuljeet Kaur lives in the Indian city of Kapurthala with their children.
Kanwarjit Singh Cheema, his sister’s husband with whom he lived said, “I was told by Sikander Singh, a co-worker at the store, that Jagjeet has fallen victim to a hate crime”. Cheema alsos aid that Sikander had witnessed the entire incident of Jagjeet’s stabbing.
From the account of eyewitness it can be assumed that the killer was a white man. Kanwarjit said that a White man came to the store around 11.30 pm and asked for a pack of cigarettes. However, Jagjeet refused to hand it over because the customer was unable to produce the mandated identity card for making the purchase. The man then reportedly left the store in a fury, mouthing racist abuses and warning Jagjeet of dire consequences. The entire sequence was captured by a CCTV camera installed in the store premises. Jagjeet was later stabbed to death when he went out of the store.