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.
“The subject then indicated that Singh was next,” Indianapolis-based Sikhs Political Action Committee (SPAC) said in a statement.
Bloomington Police found that the phone’s owner was alive and that the number had been hacked by a third party.
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.
“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.