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Protestors destroy Indian American owned $2.5 M car dealership in Kenosha

New York: An Indian-origin family, which owned a car dealership in Kenosha, suffered a loss of over $ 2.5 million after their business was destroyed in a fire allegedly set by a mob amid protests over the shooting of a 29-year-old African-American man in the US’ Wisconsin city, according to a media report.

Kenosha News reported that Anmol Khindri, a member of the family who owned the dealership “Car Source”, estimated the monetary losses from the massive fire amount to be over $2.5 million.

The owners of the dealership are now “desperately seeking” help to recover their losses, the report said.

Jacob Blake was shot seven times in his back by a police officer on August 23 and remains in a hospital. The dealership was attacked when a mob descended into its 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 the next, one resident told Kenosha News.

Khindri said police notified him of the damage, but he feels little was done to prevent them.

“Everybody watched it burn to ashes,” he said. “Nobody did nothing about it- nothing.”

Khindri said the business is at a complete loss for 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 over the last eight or nine years.”

Khindri called for more protections for local businesses currently suffering from the impact of circumstances out of their control.

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

A report in Fox News quoted Khindri as saying that the trauma of losing the business is “horrific,” adding that the insurance company has failed to provide immediate support and, as of last week, the destruction was labelled as “domestic terrorism.”

The Fox News report said that prior to the destruction, Car Source had more than 140 vehicles available for sale, according to its website. Afterward, video showed the charred remains of dozens of cars — with only a few left unscathed.

Car Source has organized a GoFundMe camping to raise funds to help it recover some losses. The business aims to raise $500,000 in total. (PTI)

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