Sikh Man Stabbed To Death In California After Refusing To Sell Cigarettes

19 Mai, 2017, 15:41 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Sushma Swaraj has spoken to India ambassador in the US in the wake reports of killing of a Sikh man

Sukhwinder Singh, another clerk at the store, said the victim got into an altercation with a customer after the latter refused to show his ID after asking to buy cigarettes.

Jagjeet Singh had been living in the United States for the past 18 months with his sister and brother-in-law.

"Paramedics responded because an employee had collapsed and they thought this to be a medical issue", said officer Eric Schuller with Modesto police to Fox40. The man reportedly left the store in a fury, mouthing racist abuses and warning Singh of dire consequences. The entire sequence was captured by a CCTV camera installed in the store premises, said the report.

After about 30 minutes, when Singh was about to close the store, the buyer returned, enraged, and stabbed him. Singh was promptly rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to death after fighting for his life for 9 hours.

Modesto police hasn't yet made any official statement about the murderer or his motive.

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India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to Indian ambassador in the US Navtej Sarna over the incident, reported PTI.

"He was a hard-working, nice guy. very calm", said Monica Rodriguez, another clerk at the store.

Meanwhile, Rights group The Sikh Coalition said it has urged the Modesto Police Department to leave no stone unturned in their investigation into the killing, including examining the possibility of this being a hate crime.

In the one week, this is the third incident of people of Indian origin being murdered in the United States. Last Wednesday, a technology executive and his wife, both of Indian origin, were shot in San Jose by a boy. On the following day, Ramesh Kumar, a 23-year-old doctor, was found shot dead in his auto in MI.

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