Indian student shot by robbers at US store, Amarinder Singh asks Sushma Swaraj to intervene

Dharampreet Singh Jasser was on duty at a grocery store in Fresno city in California on Tuesday night when four armed robbers, including an Indian-origin man, barged in to loot the store

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 16, 2017 1:57 pm
Indian student shot in US The incident happened when Dharampreet Singh Jasser was on duty at a grocery store next to a gas station in Fresno city in California. (Source: Google Maps)

A 21-year-old Indian student, who hailed from Punjab’s Nawanshahr area, has been shot dead by four robbers, including an Indian-origin man, at a grocery store in California.

Dharampreet Singh Jasser was on duty at a grocery store in California’s Fresno city on Tuesday night when the robbers laid siege to the store, local daily Fresnobee reported. Jasser quickly hid behind the counter but apparently got noticed by a robber and was shot. The robbers decamped with cash and goods.

The incident came to light when a customer who had entered the shop to buy some goods, discovered Jasser’s body and informed the police. Jasser was a student of accounting and had gone to the US around three years ago on a student visa.

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Police has arrested 22-year-old Athwal, an Indian-origin man, who is believed to be one of the four suspects who looted the gas station and fired multiple shots one of which hit Jasser. Police said a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy saw media coverage of the incident on Tuesday and recognised some similarities between the suspects from the incident and Athwal, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office said.

Madera Sheriff’s detectives were contacted and determined Athwal is the likely suspect in the shooting. A warrant has been obtained for the suspect and he will be transferred to the Madera Department of Corrections, the report said.

Athwal has been charged with murder and robbery. “Dharampreet was a completely innocent victim, just doing his job, when he was senselessly killed during this robbery,” Madera Sheriff Jay Varney said. Detectives continue to search for other suspects and any further information related to this case, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Reacting the gruesome murder, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed shock and requested External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take up the matter with US authorities. “Shocked at the gruesome killing of Nawanshahr’s Dharampreet Singh in California. @SushmaSwaraj ji, request to you to take up the issue at highest levels with US authorities to ensure justice for the family,” Singh tweeted.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. Guptan Veemboor
    Nov 16, 2017 at 3:04 pm
    "Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed shock and requested External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take up the matter with US authorities. " These types of murders occur in the US as well as anywhere else. Does it not happen in Punjab? What will the chief minister do? In the US at least the crime and punishment system is far far better than in India. In this case, they have already arrested one of the criminals. Here some innocent one will be arrested and tortured and made to confess to a crime he never did. Just look at the news on Ryan Murder case.
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      KG
      Nov 16, 2017 at 2:26 pm
      I give you guarantee that justice will be served as per USA rules. Dear CM in USA judge does not listen to President.
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        BM
        Nov 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm
        What Amrinder Singh wants Sushma Swaraj should do ? Send army ? Athwal, an Indian-origin man killed Jasser, is it any business of Indian stupid politicians to keep interfering in the internal affairs of other countries to garner some votes ? These both men, crim and victim are US citizens, why Amrinder Singh is doing monkey jumps ?
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          Arm
          Nov 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm
          What pitty we are asking justice to be delivered abroad, where some person kill some X.
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