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Hate crime: Indian-origin man stabbed to death in US over cigarettes

Jagjeet Singh, A Nadala Resident Was Stabbed To Death By Unidentified Persons Outside A Grocery Store At Modesto City In California, United States, On Friday.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Himani Garg | Updated on: 07 May 2017, 12:06:32 AM
Hate crime: Indian-origin man stabbed to death in US over cigarettes (Source: PTI)

New Delhi:

Another suspected incident of hate crime surfaced when the 32-year-old, Jagjeet Singh, a Nadala resident was stabbed to death by unidentified persons outside a grocery store at Modesto city in California, United States, on Friday.

The victim was a staffer at the commercial establishment.

According to sources, Jagjeet – or Jagga – had been living with his sister and brother-in-law in Modesto ever since he left for the United States over a year ago. He is survived by his wife, Kuljeet Kaur, and two sons – Ishmeet Singh (9) and Dilpreet Singh (7) – who reside in Kapurthala. Jagjeet had three siblings – two younger sisters and an elder brother settled in France.

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“I was told by Sikander Singh, a co-worker at the store, that Jagjeet has fallen victim to a hate crime”, said Kanwarjit Singh Cheema, the victim’s brother-in-law. Sikander had witnessed Jagjeet’s stabbing, he added.

According to Kanwarjit, a man – apparently a US national – 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.

Kanwarjit said when Jagjeet went out a few minutes later, he was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon. He succumbed en route to a local hospital.

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His father, Mohinder Singh, was inconsolable. “Jagjeet was a kind-hearted and hardworking person. We will miss him”, he said. “He went to the US one-and-a-half years ago to support the family. We took loans from relatives to send him there.”

According to the family said that though police are investigating the case, the attackers are yet to be arrested. “We will decide when to cremate him after receiving his body from the hospital”, Mohinder told the Hindustan Times.

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First Published : 06 May 2017, 11:54:00 PM

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