Indian-American Sikh Doctor Gets Death Threats in US
A Sikh doctor in the US has received death threats from an anonymous caller in Indiana, amid a series of hate crime incidents in which Indian- Americans have been targeted.
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Washington: A Sikh doctor in the US has received death threats from an anonymous caller in Indiana, amid a series of hate crime incidents in which Indian- Americans have been targeted.
Amandeep Singh, a general internist at Monroe Hospital in Indiana, recently received the death threat through a text message on his mobile by the unknown individual who claimed to have murdered the number's previous owner, community leaders said.
"I believe I've been living (in the US) here 14 years and never experienced anything like that specifically," Singh said.
"My job is serving the people you know, every day I'm there for the people and taking a stand with them and serving the community. It was hard for me to comprehend even something like that coming to somebody's mind," he added.
"The subject then indicated that Singh was next," Indianapolis-based Sikhs Political Action Committee (SPAC) said in a statement.
Singh said the local police was currently treating the incident as a racially motivated hoax.
Singh has been living and working in the US since 2003 after graduating from a medical school in India. He moved to Indiana three years ago to pursue an administrative position at Monroe Hospital.
"This is one of several similar threats against Sikhs in Indiana in the last week including one incident which involved a handgun," PAC chairman Gurinder Singh Khalsa claimed.
One incident included a direct threat against a Sikh from an individual carrying a handgun.
"Somebody showed him the gun... and asked him, 'Who are you?' 'What country he belongs to?'" the report said.
"Intimidation and violence against the Sikh community has been on the uptick since September 11 across the country. We love this country.That's why we're here," said Gurinder.
The committee is currently working with Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to address widespread harassment and violence against Sikhs in Indiana.
"American society has no place for this type of violence," Gurinder added.
There have been a series of hate crime incidents against Indian-Americans. Weeks ago, Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed when a US Navy veteran opened fire at him and his friend before yelling "get out of my country" in Kansas.
Earlier this month, a 39-year-old Sikh man was shot in his driveway in Washington state. The gunman had reportedly told the man to "go back to your own country" before pulling the trigger.(Get detailed and live results of each and every seat of the state Assemblies in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram to know which candidate/party is leading or trailing and to know who has won and who has lost and by what margin. Our one-of-its-kind Election Analytics Centre lets you put on the psephologist's hat. Know interesting facts and trivia about the elections. Elections = News18)
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