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The News Minute | November 3, 2014 | 6:43pm IST

New York : Robbers are targeting the homes of Indian Americans in New Jersey post-Diwali, a media report said Saturday.

In the latest such incident, the house of Rajesh Singh at Netherwood Circle in Middlesex County was targeted by three masked men Thursday.

“They just came into the house, tied us up and took away whatever we had,” quoted Singh as saying.

Police are in search of the three masked men who robbed Singh and his family at gunpoint.

The Netherwood Circle incident followed those in South Plainfield and Old Bridge and is the fourth one after Diwali. All the cases involved Indian American victims.

The modus operandi of the criminals is learnt to be similar in all the four cases and the robbers seem to have the knowledge that Indian families tend to bring out their valuables and jewellery from inside the closet during Diwali celebrations and clearly have been trying to take advantage of that.

“It’s very discouraging for us because we are here to celebrate, but now everybody’s scared and nobody knows what will happen next,” Singh’s neighbour Kalpit Khamar said.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, which is handling the investigation has announced a reward for information that leads to any arrest in this connection.


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