Indian-origin family lost $ 2.5 million as business destroyed in protest against US: report


People march in Kenosha, US, in support of Jacob Blake and his family. (Representative)

New York:

An Indian-origin family who owns a car dealership in Kenosha suffered more than US $ 2.5 million after allegedly setting fire to a mob demonstration during the shooting of a 29-year-old African-American. According to a media report, the man in the US city of Wisconsin.

Kenosha News reported that Anmol Khindari, a member of the family owned by the dealership “Car Source”, estimated the monetary damage resulting from the massive fire amounting to more than US $ 2.5 million.

The report said the dealership’s owners are now “desperately looking” to recover from their losses.

Jacob Blake was shot seven times in his back by a police officer on 23 August and remains in a hospital. The dealership was attacked when a mob descended into their lot and began smashing cars on the first night of unrest last Sunday. There was an explosion and subsequent fire that spread from one vehicle to another, a resident told Kenosha News.

Mr. Khindri said that the police had informed him of the damage, but he felt nothing was done to stop him.

“Everyone burns it to ashes,” he said. “Nobody did anything about it — nothing.”

Mr. Khindri said that the business is at a complete loss as to what it should do next as insurance is not providing any immediate help.

“I have a family to feed. I have 20 other families who have worked for this business in the last eight or nine years.”

Mr. Khindri called for greater security for local businesses that are currently out of their control due to the impact of circumstances.

“It’s easy for the government to say ‘Okay, guys, you’re on your own. I’m sorry, your insurance doesn’t cover it. Oh, I’m sorry for your loss.’ ‘No, it’s not. Answer. It happened because they let it happen. “

A Fox News report quoted Mr Khindri as saying that the trauma of losing the business was “horrific”, noting that the insurance company had failed to provide immediate assistance and, like last week, called the destruction “domestic terrorism “.

Fox News reported that prior to the destruction, the car source had more than 140 vehicles available for sale according to its website. Later, the video featured chartered remains of dozens of cars – only a few left unattended.

The report stated that Josie Rodríguez, a resident of a house adjacent to the car source, saw a mob coming down the lot and breaking cars. The business was reportedly attacked twice and the total loss is estimated at US $ 2.5 million.

Chartered scrap and broken glass devastated the area where other city buildings were badly damaged overnight.

Rodriguez said it was a “terrible time” as he saw an explosion and fire spread rapidly from one vehicle to another.

“I’m talking about licking the sky. They were huge. And you hear, ‘Boom, boom, boom'” – explosion, after explosion, after explosion. “

Rodriguez said he then dialed 9-1-1, but help did not come. Dispatchers told her it was not safe for firefighters to react to the scene, she said.

Car Source has organized a GoFundMe camp to raise funds to help fix some of the damage. The business aims to raise a total of USD 500,000.

Blake’s shooting came three months after the death of African-American George Floyd into the hands of a white police officer who sparked massive protests, looting and riots across America, protesting against which thousands of protesters took to the streets across the country Landed at Against repeated police brutality and systemic racism.

Blake, who was shot seven times in the back, was moving away from the officers who drew their guns. At the time of the shooting, Blake’s three young sons, ages 3, 5 and 8 were sitting in a car at the scene.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and published from a syndicated feed.)

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