Detroit: An Indian American physician, Dr Ramesh Kumar has been found shot dead in his car in Detroit, Michigan. The 32-year old doctor who belonged to India’s southernmost state, Kerala, worked in the Urology Department of the Henry Ford Hospital, Michigan.
The doctor’s family got worried when he didn’t reach his hospital, where he worked. His relatives called police when, they didn’t receive any response of their calls and texts. His relatives claim that he was very prompt in responding to calls and text messages and the lack of response from him got them worried. 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.
Dr Ramesh Kumar’s family members said that they have no suspect in mind and have ruled out the possibility of it being an incident of hate crime. “We do not know (the reason for his murder). They (The police) are yet to find out,” his father Narendra Kumar, a former president of the influential American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), told PTI.
A report says that Dr Ramesh was not known to be late. So when on Thursday he didn’t report on time at the hospital, Dr Mani Menon, his superior called his father to ask about the absence. When he called the police, they asked him to wait since it was only a few hours since he was untraceable. Later in the evening his car was found at a rest area on the highway with the body on the passenger seat. By 10:30 pm, the body was identified and the police informed the parents.
His grieving father, Dr Narendra Kumar, a former president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) told the media, “We do not suspect anything. We do not think, it was a hate crime,” said a shocked Kumar. Ramesh has done his MBBS from the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi.
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.