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Crimes by Indians worries, shames community

Lakhani, missing cricketers, biggest forgery, migration racket...

india Updated: Jan 03, 2004 21:20 IST
Vijaya Sharma/Vijay Dutt
Vijaya Sharma/Vijay Dutt

The reputation of Indians in Britain who have largely been regarded as honest and law-abiding is getting severely bruised. So far, the Home Office figures also testified to a cleaner image of the community, as the number of Indian-origin convicts in prisons here had been lowest compared to those belonging to other ethnic minority groups.

The latest to hit the headlines was the massive immigration racket run by Sarwan Singh Deo which also has those from the embassy involved in it. The criminals have been caught and sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Close on the heels of this sensational bust up, came the news that US court had indicted UK NRI Hemant Lakhani for allegedly trying to sell missiles for terrorism in the US.

In the last three months several serious crimes committed by Indian-origin persons have made the headlines and embarrassed the community. A few months ago one married man with two children kidnapped, raped and then murdered a white schoolgirl and fled to Punjab. A police team has gone to India to trace him.

The case of the "missing" women cricketers from Jalandhar and the murder of two hoteliers Amarjit Singh and his nephew Rajinder allegedly by three Asian youth this week have only added to the feeling of humiliation and disgust in Indians. So many illegal and criminals acts by Indian-origin persons in a space of hardly two months have never taken place before.

Love led another to join the roll of dishonour. Computer expert Sunil Mahtani allegedly masterminded the country's biggest ever credit card fraud, simply because he felt inferior to his white girlfriend who earned more money than he did.

Rising prosperity in the community also seems to have brought in its wake rising incidents of crime among youth which needs to be seriously looked at.

First Published: Dec 27, 2003 21:34 IST