An Indian American man recently abused another Indian in US and was subsequently charged with hate crime and assault. The accused was caught on video hurling blood-curdling racial slurs to his compatriot. In his horrific rant, the accused can be heard calling the victim “dirty Hindu” and “dirty dog”. The incident occurred at a California-based Taco Bell and the accused in question was identified as Tejinder Singh.
In the horrific video gone viral, Tejinder can be heard screaming at the victim, saying, “You were the ones when the East India Company came, you were the ones to kneel first. Your people were the ones to put their heads down.” “This is why your country won’t beat s***”, the accused goes on saying, hurling horrifying curses at the victim.
In his expletives-laden rant Tejinder can be heard calling the victim “dirty Hindu”, using the N-word, and shouting “f*** Indira Gandhi”, adding Punjabi curses.
The victim in the matter was identified as Krishnan Jayaraman. In his interview to NBC, Krishnan was quoted saying, “I was scared, to be honest with you. I was infuriated on the one hand, but I was scared that what if this guy becomes too belligerent and then comes after me?”.
Tejinder Singh was charged with hate crime in violation of civil right, disturbing the peace, and assault.
The Facts of the Matter
An Indian American went on a racially abusive rant against fellow Indian at a California-based Taco Bell. The accused was caught on video being belligerent and using foul-language to racially put down the victim. The accused, 37-year-old Tejinder Singh, was charged with hate crime.
According to reports, the incident occurred earlier on August 21 at Taco Bell in Fremont, California. The victim of the racial abuse, Krishnan Jayaraman went on to record Tejinder’s expletives-laden rant in which he could be heard calling Krishnan a “dirty Hindu”.
In the blood-curdling video gone viral, Tejinder can be heard saying, “You’re disgusting, dog. You look nasty. Don’t come out in public like this again.” Tejinder Singh further calls Krishnan “dirty Hindu”, used the N-word, and yelled “beef!” on the face of Krishnan, insinuating that he didn’t eat meat. He was also seen spitting at Krishnan in the video.
“F*** Indira Gandhi”: Hate Crime Accused
“You were the ones when the East India Company came, you were the ones to kneel first. Your people were the ones to put their heads down,” Tejinder goes on to say, hurling several Punjabi curses at Krishnan.
At one point in the video, Tejinder can also be heard saying, “…this ain’t India! You…India up, and now you’re…America up,” and shouting, “f*** Indira Gandhi”.
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A video of an Indian-American being verbally abused in an unprovoked hate attack has appeared online.
Krishna Iyer, a resident of Fresno, California, faced the abuse at a Taco Bell on 21 August.
The abuser calls him a "dirty-a## Hindu" and even abuses ex-PM Indira Gandhi. pic.twitter.com/cJvr8N4nvL
— Dhairya Maheshwari (@dhairyam14) August 28, 2022
I know I had mentioned "8 minutes" but the original video I had posted was just 6 minutes. Here is the full video, please watch it till the end and that should answer all your questions now.https://t.co/Ohhincokao
— Krishnan (@krishnanjiyer) August 25, 2022
Victim Breaks Silence
Speaking to NBC Bay Area, Krishnan said that he was petrified by the racist rant of the man, but was more upset learning that the accused was an Indian himself. “I was scared, to be honest with you. I was infuriated on the one hand, but I was scared that what if this guy becomes too belligerent and then comes after me?” he was quoted saying.
Grateful for the @FremontPD to come to the rescue from a racist abuser at @tacobell Fremont! The part that sucked was that the abuser spit on the counter where food was being served and despite pointing that out, the Taco Bell employees continued serving the food on it.
— Krishnan (@krishnanjiyer) August 22, 2022
Police Issues Statement, Accused Charged
Following the incident, police chief Sean Washington was quoted writing, “We take hate incidents and hate crimes seriously, and understand the significant impact they have on our community. These incidents are despicable. We are here to protect all community members, regardless of their gender, race, nationality, religion, and other differences.”
According to reports, the accused Tejinder Singh, was charged with hate crime in violation of civil rights, disturbing peace, and assault. Further, he was listed in submitting documents as an “Asian/Indian”.
The incident comes just weeks later a woman in Texas was arrested for racially abusing a group of Indian women. “Everywhere I ****ing go you ****ing Indians are everywhere. If life was so great in India, why the f**k are y’all here?,” the accused was heard screaming.