Indian store owners protest being required to hire security - - Jackson, MS

Indian store owners protest being required to hire security

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - East Indian store owners, operating in the Capital City, say they are being targeted by criminals at an alarming rate. Tuesday, they took their concerns to Jackson City leaders. They say police aren't doing enough to protect them.

The Indian business community is fed up with robberies and shootings and say they have a message for the council and the community; respect their tax dollars or they will take their businesses elsewhere.

More than 60 convenience store owners packed the Jackson City Council chambers petitioning city leaders to not pass any ordinances requiring that they hire their own security.

Business owner Surinder Singh said the Indian store owners already pay taxes which provide the salaries of Jackson Police whose job they say it is to protect their businesses.

They say they can not afford the $150.00 to $200.00 a day to hire security at the stores and are willing to take drastic measures.

"If there's nothing done then all stores will be closed," said Singh. "Today we did not shut down any store, but the next step will be all stores will be shut down in Jackson an next step will be all Hinds County." 

Five days ago store owner Kuldip Singh was shot during a holdup. A bullet is still lodged in his chest.

"They started to shoot us without doing anything, without asking us anything. 'Hey we need money, money'," said Singh. "I told them 'Hey come on put your guns down and take whatever you want', but they did not hear us or anything. They just started shooting us." 

"They never treat the criminal. They just put on the hand, and you go home. You put a bond of a million dollar or two million dollar bond and nobody will commit a crime. Fifty percent of the crime will be cut down if you put a higher bond," said business owner Darshan Ball.

Singh made his statements during public comment, and no action was taken.

Council President De'Keither Stamps said they looked forward to continuing to work with the community and administration to see if they could bring better public safety to the city.

Singh and the other business owners will return Thursday to share their concerns with the city Planning Committee.

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