Hate crimes seem to be on the rise in the US. Another young man from India was killed in a macabre incident in Modesto, California. The 32-year old Jagjeet Singh was allegedly stabbed to death by a white man for apparently refusing to sell cigarette without seeing the ID of the man buying it.
Jagjeet Singh, who belongs to Kapurthala, in the Indian state of Punjab had left for the US in the year 2016, just over a year ago. Reports suggest that his family had taken huge amount of loan to fund his US visa and other expenses that are yet to be paid. Father of two sons, Jagjeet Singh was working at a store in Modeso and lived with his sister and her husband who were settled there for a long time.
The hate crimes seem to have become rather very common since the presidential elections in the US. Indian Americans, among the most prosperous communities in the US has been the biggest target of such elements. As many as four Indian Americans have lost their lives in macabre killings in the last five days.
Reports suggest that Jagjeet Singh, worked as a clerk at a utility store. A customer, apparently a white man came to buy cigarettes on Thursday. Singh reportedly asked the customer to show a valid ID proof and the one produced before him was found to be fake. The customer left the shop after exchanging a few heated words. The same evening he was stabbed to death when he was closing the store. He was taken to a hospital where he lost his life after a couple of hours.
Authorities said they are yet to determine the motive behind the attack and there is no official word about the killer.
Officer Eric Schuller with Modesto police told Fox40 “Paramedics responded because an employee had collapsed and they thought this to be a medical issue…When they arrived on scene they found that this employee has actually been stabbed.”
He asked people to come forward and share info. “We would like the public’s help…If there’s anybody out there who heard anything or has heard anything since we would appreciate them to contact the Modesto Police Department so they can help us out here” he added.