How you can help

Please take few minutes to go through different steps (step 3 is time critical step)

STEP 1:  Read this appeal

Read through the account of funeral (on June 30th) from a visitor and appeal to help the family (if you have not read it already)

Dear All,

Few hours ago my family visited Divyendu Sinha’s funeral.  We saw many hundreds of people across the cross section of races whose lives Divyendu and his family touched.

It was heart breaking to see his wife and two teenage sons who lost their loved one in a senseless attack.   What is tragic is they have to bear the loss with the images of the the brutal attack done in front of their eyes, for no reason, no provocation while they tried to stop helplessly.

Those who came up and gave eulogies are from the cross sections, from his past PhD student who said how he used to enjoy Indian food at their home, to his manager at Siemens who could not control his grief and sorrow and pledged to do his best to see the family through,  to the faculty member at College of Staten Island who want to start a scholarship (or funding) program in his name and many friends who accounted their memories and his scholarship.  The priest who conducted the ceremony has done a great job of informing the ceremony procedure to those who are not acquainted.

Though this loss is primarily to his family and to his close relatives and friends, but it is also that of larger community.   If one family is insecure, it is insecurity for all of us.  It could be anyone of us.   We do not know the motives of those who attacked, it could be racial, it could be first easy target they found to perpetrate their gruesome violence and perhaps Indian Americans in their view are easy targets.  The bigger issue is whether the administration will handle this fairly.  Given the past history, such as family of Geetha Angara from Holmdel, NJ who was brutally murdered at work place is still waiting for justice even after more than five years  shows it is imperative that community come together to bring justice.

What next?   While we are attentive to this now, it cannot be a matter of first few days.  The family has to continue and they would need support, emotionally, financially and legally.   The family has to go on and there are two teenagers who needs to go to college.  (Please see the websitehttp://justicefordivyendufamily.wordpress.com/how-you-can-help/ ).  We have to ensure that justice is done to the family and community can play a big role in showing support.   Many times these cases are diluted with the affected getting little support in the end.    This case has to be pursued effectively in both criminal and civil courts.   The civil courts have to pursued to ensure that the family is compensated adequately for the loss of sole incoming member of the family.

In helping them we are helping ourselves.  We have to come together as a community and be their larger family.

STEP 2: Contribute to Children Education trust & Family General Fund

1) Please consider making generous contributions to scholarship funds for the children of Dr. Sinha.

Checks can be made out to the
Aashish Sinha Trust Fund and/or Ravi Sinha Trust Fund and mail to:

Koam Tac
116 Village Blvd,  Suite 200
Princeton, NJ 08540

2) You can also contribute using credit card to a General Fund for helping the family with their expenses through VHP America.  IT IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

a) Go to:  http://ess.vhp-america.org/dms/contribute.php
b) Under Donation Cause (right side), select ‘Donor Specified
c) Under Specifics say,  Dr. Sinha Family General Fund.

STEP 3: Contact County Prosecutor (Time Critical Step)

Contact Middlesex county prosecutor Honorable Bruce J. Kaplan informing him the outrage of the community and urge that his office to examine all information such as facebook pages where they believed to have boasted about their brutal act, pattern of past actions (even bullying or harassing) against certain communities.   (click here for Prosecutor’s Press release stating that his office will seek them to be try them as adults)

Honorable Bruce J. Kaplan, Prosecutor
Public Safety Bldg, Floor 3
25 Kirkpatrick Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08857

Phone: 732-745-3332 Press 1 + Ext 3333
Email: Prosecutor@co.middlesex.nj.us,  bruce.kaplan@co.middlesex.nj.us
Fax: 732-745-2791

Note: Ralph Cretella is the assistant Middlesex County Prosecutor handling the case and Superior Court Judge Roger W. Daley in New Brunswick (Ph: 732-519-3115) is the judge handling the case in Family Court.

Also, anyone with information about attack is asked to call Officer Greg Morris of the Old Bridge Police Department at 732-721-5600 or Investigator Paul Miller of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-4466.

STEP 4: Contact Old Bridge Mayor

Contact Old Bridge Mayor urging him to do everything possible to bring the criminals to justice.

Honorable Mayor James T. Phillips
Township of Old Bridge
1 Old Bridge Plaza
Old Bridge,  NJ 08857

Phone: 732-721-5600, ext 2040 (Mayor’s assistant)
Email: Mayor@oldbridge.com
Fax: 732-607-7957

STEP 5: Join Facebook and Twitter

Consider joining Facebook and Twitter so that we can communicate with you. Community involvement is critical for justice to the family.

Join Facebook: JusticeFor DivyenduFamily (click to join)
Join Twitter: divyenducase (click to join)

STEP 6 : Sign Petition

Click link below to sign Online Petition to Governor, State Attorney,  County Attorney,  Old Bridger Mayor and Indian American NJ legislator Upendra Chivukula

http://www.petitiononline.com/divyendu/petition.html

STEP 7: Please spread the word (also write comments on this website pages)

74 Responses to How you can help

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  4. Chunguang Jin says:

    I am so sorry for the horrible crime. My deepest condolence to the wife and her two kids.

  5. Sunil & Beena Thomas says:

    Prayers from our family to the Sinha family during these dark times. Unfortunately, tragidity seems to hit many of us unexpectedly. This was a senseless crime. Only God knows what was in the minds of these assailants, whether it was race based or if they found a victim at random. Whatever the reason, may they burn in hell for these crimes. We, as a community of Indians, need to be vigilent against crimes against us, as a race. An attack on one of us, is an attack on all of us. I, for one, will do everything to demand that prosecutors handle this crime swiftly and harshly. It is for God to forgive, man’s law seeks justice and punishment of criminals. May we pray that justice be done.

  6. Pankaj Vyas says:

    PLEASE JOIN THE INDIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY OF OLD BRIDGE FOR A DISCUSSION ON
    WORKING TOGETHER TO SECURE AND STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITIES
    Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
    Time: 10:15am – 12:45pm
    Where: George Bush Senior Citizen Center
    1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge, NJ 08857
    Directions: http://www.oldbridge.com

    Topics:
    Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes: How to identify and address them as a community?
    Bridging the Gap: How can community members collaborate with local law enforcement agencies to enhance public safety?

    RSVP preferred by September 22nd, 2010 to CitizensofOldBridge@gmail.com

    THIS EVENT IS ORGANIZED BY THE CITIZENS OF OLD BRIDGE (COBNJ), SOUTH ASIAN AMERICANS LEADING TOGETHER (SAALT) AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS SERVICE IN COLLABORATION WITH OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP, MIDDLESEX COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE, OLD BRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, SOUTH ASIAN BAR ASSOCIATION NEW JERSEY (SABA-NJ), ASIAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND (AALDEF), MANAVI, THE SIKH COALITION AND INDIAN AMERICAN DEFENSE LEAGUE

  7. Dave Makkar says:

    REPLY TO ATTORNEY GENERAL’S BLATANT & SHODDY RESPONSE 8-19-10
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/37407895@N02/4910587680/
    Read AG response on Flickr on the demand for State Investigation

    Re: Dr Sinha’s murder on 6-25-10 in a racial attack in Old Bridge demand for State Investigation to Gov Christie 7-06-08 & to Div of Criminal Justice 7-20-10 along with Demand for Recusal to Prosecutor Kaplan 8-08-10 AND your response dated 8-6-10 post marked 8-11-10 received on 8-13-10 # 201004677

    Dear Lt. McGrath:
    It is very disgusting to see AG office like Gov Christie is taking Dr Sinha’s murder as a minor burglary. It took AG office almost a month to react and then took 5 more days to mail their blatant and shoddy response.

    We can very well understand when Gov Christie has the sanity to say “thank you for sharing your thoughts” to the demand of State Investigations by Bias Crime Unit at Attorney General’s Office. His attorney General’s office after 1 month is writing oh! we got some communication from Governor’s office and we are looking into it; is no surprise to us.

    It looks like the administration from Gov Christie down to Mayor Phillips know it too well that time is the great healer and public memory is too short especially the memory of Indians is too short. For that reason Prosecutor Kaplan’s office under pressure from politicians and parents of the juveniles involved in murder may have manipulated the Court date to Sep 23, 2010 for oral arguments just to get permission to try the teenagers as Adults. It is very surprising looking at the sensitivity of the matter why County Prosecutor ’s office under a tainted Bruce Kaplan never approached the Court for early hearing?

    The Court date of Sep. 23rd is almost 3 months after the arrest. This is the same Superior Court where a Judge Longhi through his law clerk can call an Attorney representing an Indian at 8.30 AM in the morning that Judge wants to see you at 10.30 AM because Police Union may be in collusion with Prosecutor Kaplan’s office has filed an Emergency Motion to stop the Internal Investigation Records being disclosed to the Indian who has accused the police officers of brutality and criminal wrong doings under racial bias.

    It is sickening to read in Suburban News 8-19-10 that Mayor Philips has awarded whole sale promotions to officers who may have failed in their fiduciary duties to control law and order in Old Bridge which ultimately lead to the brutal murder of Dr Sinha. It is corruption NJ style; only state where Police Unions are allowed and Politicians are allowed to accept campaign funds from these Unions. So how these Politicians can take any actions against their en-block voters and financial masters is a million dollar question. This question was raised to Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan in the presence of Mayor Jun Choi, Senator Barbara Buno, Assemblyman Barnes & Police Chief & Dy Chief of Edison in a police brutality case against an Indian. As usual the Patrolman who brutally beat up the Indian under racial bias in front of 40 witnesses whom Prosecutor Kaplan declared are not credible witnesses; was cleared of all charges in an Internal Affair Investigations. These Investigations are nothing but big fraud on the Tax Payers by unionized Politicians, Law enforcement officials and bureaucrats of New Jersey .

    Mayor Philips actions of promoting his Police Officers are devoid of humanity, morality and ethics. How could he give out whole sale promotions without conducting a review of his 104 Police Officers by State Police Superintendent or Attorney Generals office for break down in law and order in Old Bridge which lead to the brutal murder of Dr Sinha? It looks like Police Promotions has some thing fishy may be some influential parents of the juveniles who wants Old Bridge Police to make a very weak prosecution case with the help of politicians are behind this whole sale promotions which is nothing but bribery in our opinion.

    Considering all the above facts and facts known to AG office from previous correspondence once again we demand that all investigations related to the brutal murder of Dr Sinha under racial bias must be handled by Bias Crime Unit of Attorney General’s Office. Impartial investigations by Attorney General’s office will send the right message on the street that there is accountability for crimes committed against minorities and it is safe for the minorities to raise their families in New Jersey.

    Sincerely,
    Devendra ‘Dave’ Makkar

    • Wow says:

      Old Bridge Mayor to lay off 31 cops. Didn’t he say he was hiring more at the candle light night.

      • Dave Makkar says:

        I don’t feel comfortable replying to individuals with no identity. If you have a strong character why don’t you come in the open and protest against the Mayor’s action? I will join you in that protest.
        It is easy to make annonymous comments than taking action.

  8. Juan says:

    Old bridge Mayor to lay off 31 cops

    • Satya says:

      Check here for further updates on some changes in the Old Bridge township — http://suburban.gmnews.com/news/2010-08-19/Front_Page/Old_Bridge_welcomes_Volkert_as_new_chief.html

      I also recommend forwarding this public letter, which is posted by Dave on this blog here, to share with the community and keep up this momentum until an action is taken and justice is brought to Dr. Divyendu Sinha’s family members.

      • Dave Makkar says:

        It is sickening to see Mayor Philips awarding whole sale promotions to officers who may have failed in their fiduciary duties to control law and order in Old Bridge which ultimately lead to the brutal murder of Dr Sinha. It is corruption NJ style; only state where Police Unions are allowed and Politicians are allowed to accept campaign funds from these Unions. So how these Politicians can take any actions against their en-block voters and financial masters is a million dollar question. This question was raised to Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan in the presence of Mayor Jun Choi, Senator Barbara Buno, Assemblyman Barnes & Police Chief & Dy Chief of Edison in a police brutality case against an Indian. As usual the Patrolman who brutally beat up the Indian under racial bias in front of 40 witnesses was cleared of all charges in a Internal Affair Investigations. These Investigations are nothing but big fraud on the Tax Payers.

        Residents of Old Bridge & entire Indian community of USA must demand an explanation from Mayor Philip how could he give out whole sale promotions without conducting a review of his 104 Police Officers by State Police Superintendent or Attorney Generals office for break down in law and order in Old Bridge which lead to the brutal murder of Dr Sinha.

        Mayor Philipps should be ashamed of himself on one more count. He should have waited for the Court appearance of all the Juveniles responsible for Dr Sinha’s murder and the verdict of the judge to try them as adults. It looks like Police Promotions has some thing fishy may be some influential parents of the juveniles who wants Old Bridge Police to make a very weak prosecution case are behind this whole sale promotions which is nothing but bribery in my opinion.

        I appeal to Indian community living in all 50 states of USA please unite and demand Federal Investigations into the brutal murder of Dr Sinha because Gov Christie thinks it is a simple burglary case. Christie has the insanity to say “thank you for sharing your thoughts” to the demand of State Investigations by Bias Crime Unit at Attorney General’s Office. His attorney General’s office after 1 month is writing oh! We got some communication from Governor’s office and we are looking into it.

        Dave Makkar

  9. Dave Makkar says:

    OPEN LETTER TO PROSECUTOR BRUCE KAPLAN
    Hon. Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan

    Middlesex County Prosecutor
    Email:prosecutor@co.middlesex.nj.us
    Aug 8, 2010
    Subject: Let Attorney General Office Conduct Robust Investigation of Dr. Sinha’s Murder in Old Bridge , Middlesex County Prosecutor must Recuse from the investigations

    Dear Hon. Bruce Kaplan:
    Thanks for acknowledging my mail of Aug. 6, 2010 in the matters of Dr. Sinha’s brutal murder. I want to further add that any investigations by Old Bridge Police under County Prosecutor’s Office is an insult to the victims; Late Dr Sinha, his 2 children age 12 & 16, wife & entire community of Indian origin living in New Jersey and America.
    In Old Bridge multiple twp agencies have failed in their fiduciary duties. The School teachers & principle have failed to report abnormal behavior of these teenagers involved in the murder to law enforcement agencies. School Board has failed to supervise the School staff and has ignored incident of bullying and racism in the schools.
    Above all 104 Police Officers of Old Bridge Twp must be investigated and interrogated separately to find out what went wrong in ensuring law & order including neighborhood patrolling to prevent such crimes. Why they took no actions on the complaints of Racial Harassment by some members of Indian Community? All of them can not take a stand that they were unaware what the teenagers were doing in the town. I refuse to accept that no one has children who are not intimately known to the teenagers who committed this heinius crime of murdering an innocent person. All of this indicates Prosecutor’s Office has also failed to supervise Old Bridge Police Department.
    If not suspension at least Prosecutor’s Office could have ordered Old Bridge Police Chief be sent on Departmental Leave till Dr. Sinha Murder investigations are completed. If found guilty of negligence in his duties he will be suspended. Here again Prosecutor’s office has failed to do what is morally, ethically and legally right.
    It looks like you and the administration know it too well that time is the great healer and public memory is too short especially the memory of Indians is too short. For that reason your office under pressure from politicians may have manipulated the Court date to Sep 23, 2010 for oral arguments just to get permission to try the teenagers as Adults. It is very surprising looking at the sensitivity of the matter why your office has not approached the Court for early hearing?
    The Court date of Sep. 23rd is almost 3 months after the arrest. This is the same Superior Court where a Judge Longhi through his law clerk can call an Attorney representing an Indian at 8.30 AM in the morning that Judge wants to see you at 10.30 AM because Police Union may be in collusion with Prosecutor’s office has filed an Emergency Motion to stop the Internal Investigation Records being disclosed to the Indian who has accused the police officers of brutality and criminal wrong doings under racial bias.
    Dr. Sinha’s senseless murder has brought so many India American families of NJ like my family under constant fear especially when they are aware of the fact that majority in their town’s Police departments treat Indians with contempt and racial bias. This is the reason Edison Police Union’s members or supporters or keith and kin could call Indian’s are cockroaches, animals, illiterates and illegal go home.” You as Prosecutor failed to ensure Equal Status to Indians by not taking any action against this Police Union.
    Only an impartial investigations by Bias Crime unit at Attorney General’s office can send the right message on the street that there is accountability for crimes committed against minorities and it is safe for the minorities to raise their families in New Jersey. More over Police Departments, School Boards along with Teachers, Twp Council and County Prosecutor’s office are accountable and they can and must be held accountable for incidents like senseless brutal murder of Dr Sinha by few teenagers of his own town.
    Sincerely,
    Devendra ‘Dave’ Makkar

  10. dhruv says:

    This senseless killing of a great individual should not go in vain.

    Let the 5 16-17 year old ADULTS suffer tremendously for this. Let their parents and families suffer tremendously for this crap they produced that they refer to as their “sons.” They should have raised them better.

    I pray that the family will get through this and that full support is given by the community. I hope the next time a group of low lifes try that they get shot.

    Jai Mata Di

  11. Dan says:

    While I didn’t know this man or his family, it is easy to see from his biography as well as from the notes of his friends and colleagues that this is a terrible loss for our extended community. I truly enjoy and respect the various neighbors that I have who are of Indian decent. They are lovely, family-oriented people who strive to work hard and help their children gain opportunities and education. On the contrary, the thugs who did this awful violence are beastial criminals whose actions have so badly damaged racial relations that we will now forever be on guard against the senseless hatred and crime that they bring with them. My heart goes out to this beautiful family and I want them to know that I stand with them both in sorrow and honor of this fine man.

  12. By Suresh Kumar, Citizens of Old Bridge, NJ
    As the crow flies, I live less than half a mile from the spot where Dr. Divyendu Sinha was murdered. As was widely reported in the media, the good professor, an IIT graduate and father of 2 teenagers, was brutally assaulted by a group of 17 year old kids on June 25, 2010 as he was taking a walk with his family late at night very close to him home at Old Bridge, NJ. He died on June 27th as a result of the injuries caused by blunt force trauma. Fortunately, his wife was unharmed and his children suffered only minor injuries. I had met Dr. Sinha just once, in 2005 when he and his wife, on the invitation of one of my executives who is family friend of the Sinhas, had attended the inauguration function of the new office of my company. Since that first meeting, I am ashamed to say, although I live just a stones throw from his home, I did not bother to contact him. It could be due to this feeling of guilt that for the past 2 weeks, the thought of what can we learn from and how can we try to prevent such incidents from being repeated has engaged my mind.
    It is perfectly understandable that the Asian Indian community all over the US is outraged that such an inexplicable crime can happen in this country.
    But what are the learning lessons for the Asian Indian community? First, a tragedy of this magnitude affects many stakeholder groups- most of then legitimate such as family, friends, co-workers, members of the Indian American as well as local community, the media and non-profit organizations. But, sad as it is often many of the loudest voices come from individuals and groups who seek to leverage the tragedy to promote their own petty causes. While, I realize that it will be a mistake to make broad generalizations as to the motives of such people, one of the leaning lessons for me from Dr. Sinha murder has been that as a community we have to be careful about this small but vocal people who have hidden agendas. While their concern may well be genuine, since they represent the narrow interests of a small group of people, their help may well turn out be a hindrance. With the Dr. Sinha case, I found that there are three broad groups of stakeholders whose roles we need to examine more carefully. Having been active in the Asian Indian community for almost 2 decades now, I must say that the majority of the people and groups I discuss below have good intentions and genuine concerns. But you know what they say about the few bad apples…
    The first group consists people with political inclinations, let’s call them the “Political Folks” such as those who are close to powers that be at the local or state levels, seeking to curry favors with their benefactors or people in the opposition camp seeking to find a wedge issue to propel them on the center stage, even if it is only for a brief moment. The objective of such people is to demonstrate that they have a following in the community. The danger of this group is that they either blindly take the side of the local authorities or oppose them without reasonable cause.
    The second group of people is those who have a right-wing religious agenda – let’s call them “Religious Folks”. These people are the consummate conspiracy theorist, who comes out of woodwork when they smell blood and prematurely seek to paint the tragedy invariably as an attack on our religion and culture. While like most people, I do not rule out the possibility of a bias crime, assuming that this is indeed the case by linking this incident to all past incidents that also are suspected to be bias crimes is stretching things a little too far. Rather than suspecting the motives and competency of the local authorities from the start, it would be strategically and legally prudent that, if in good faith we allow time for the case to work its way through the legal system. What does the actual evidence indicate? What were the motives for attackers? What is the past history of the criminals? – are few of the key questions, the answers to which can help guide us better than assumptions based on raw emotions. If at the end of this process, we feel there is a miscarriage of justice we can always seek alternate approaches.
    The third group that vies for a piece of the limelight is those who represent various social and cultural associations- lets call them the “Association Folks”. As an aside I find it quite strange almost every one of the Association Folks I have met are “office bearers”, causing one to wonder if they ever have a following. The association folks have a simpler agenda as compared to the other groups- they just want to get the spouse or children of the victim to attend a public event such as a memorial service or a candle light vigil and be on stage for the important occasion with VIP’s when the cameras roll.
    Here is the real problem: these three groups, instead of working together, vie with each other to uphold their point of view. Having visited the Sinha household a couple of times since his passing, I have found representatives of these groups working hard to gain the favor of the family of the victim. They often give the family conflicting advise, pulling them in different directions at a time when what they need most is to be left alone to come to grips with their loss and think thru the alternate plans of action. Perhaps the most damage these people do is that they drown out the voices of most of the other stakeholders, lets call them this group “The Common Folks”- the people and organizations who may really be in the best position to help by virtue of proximity to the events and family, knowledge of the political and legal systems, skill and experience in dealing with similar incidents and commitment to securing justice for the family of the victim. Since the common folks do not have a ‘hidden’ agenda they generally keep a low profile and are not interested in forcing their views on the other groups or the family, their voices and ideas usually do not see the light of the day. That to me compounds the tragedy.
    Given this complex social reality, how should the Indian American community take pre-emptive actions to reduce the possibility of reoccurrence of such incidents? The community has rightfully demanded that the attackers be tried as Adults – a demand that has been acknowledged by the public prosecutor – and that the possibility of a bias crime be thoroughly investigated. All this is justifiable, but I believe that it will be a mistake to see this unfortunate incident in the limited context of a crime against the Indian American or even the larger Asian American community. As Dr. Martin Luther King so eloquently put it “An injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere”. The killing of Dr. Sinha, I believe, is quite simply a crime against humanity. Under different circumstances the victim could have been of any other race or ethnicity. Rather than circling the wagons around our ethnic, cultural, regional or religious sub-groups, I believe that it may serve the community better if we were to use this incident to promote integration with and strengthen our ties with all members in the communities we live and work in.
    At the local level we have formed an informal Google group called Citizens of Old Bridge, NJ (http://groups.google.com/group/COBNJ) and met with the Mayor and Police Chief a couple of times. We have found them to be receptive to our suggestions. This incident has forced us to explore ways to get more involved with the common activities and events in the communities we live in. We are in the process of forming neighborhood watch groups and getting to learn more about joining the Auxiliary Police. Based on the feedback from the community members, we now know that there is a need for all is to get to know more of our neighbors, beyond just those who live next door to us. Perhaps its time that the Indian American community in addition to celebrating our cultural festivals, get involved with local block parties and mainstream cultural celebration such as Memorial Day, July 4th and Veterans Day, etc. Given that the attackers were all high school children, we have suggested to the Mayor to examine introducing topics such as cultural assimilation, role of immigrants, tolerance and respect for minority communities into the educational system at a early stage. We believe that education of children is key to developing a respect for diversity.
    We know now that the only way for us to be really safe wherever we are, is to watch out for our neighbors knowing they in turn they will also watch out for our families. We have been advised by the local law enforcement officers that in order to detect patterns of anti-social activity and harassment, all such acts have to be reported to the police. Not reporting seemingly trivial incidents of anti-social activity only emboldens the criminals, leading to more serious crimes. Perhaps the most important lesson for the Indian American community is this: whenever such an incident occurs, we have to express our outrage and show our solidarity regardless of the location, ethnicity, race or religion of the victims. We have to ask ourselves this question: If instead of Sinha the victims last name was either Lee or Leroy, would our outrage and reaction have been the same?
    Sure, none of the suggestions, listed above is easy to implement and none can guarantee that such an attack will not happen again. I have no doubt, however, that any of the lessons we have learned over the past few weeks will be a good place for the Indian American or for that matter any minority community to start. Therefore, amidst the pall of gloom that hangs over the Indian American community, I believe there are a few rays of hope; some understanding that could help reduce and better deal with such unfortunate incidents in the future. In my humble opinion, these are some of the larger learning lessons from the death of Dr. Sinha. We ignore it at our peril.

    • Defend yourself Well says:

      I hate to use this sad and grievous occasion to make this point, and do not mean to take away from the gravity of the situation.

      You sound very much like one of those “types” who you accuse of being political and having agendas and axes to grind. However, I believe those “types” that you rant about are very important to the existence and well being of every community.

      There is no need to cast aspersions on the motivations of others as you have done extensively in your diatribe. Any well meaning help to the individuals, families or the community should be welcomed!

    • jazz says:

      ** This is a site to leave thoughts to the family and for fellowship. I understand your views, but find it inappropriate that you write such a long dialogue of your theory of “stakeholders” here. If you started a Google site, then go there for your essay, and be succinct in your advertisement of it. **

      To the family – our thoughts are with you during this time. To say that it is difficult or unfair is a grave understatement. We feel helpless in the face of your pain, and will give our word to honor the memory of Dr. Sinha in our daily actions and response.

      Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    • Yashpal Verma says:

      Some good and detailed observations on the various parties that are involved. I concur that we should point out those who are interested in promoting themselves taking advantage of this unfortunate event. As you have pointed out if these partisan people control the conversation, then the true voices of the community will not be heard. Even as we demand justice, we have to be vigilant.

    • Vinson Palathingal says:

      Very thought provoking observations indeed. Let’s hope that your article brings the community together and makes us act with one voice, one purpose and one religion without the usual agendas. Divyendu’s murderers should be punished to the maximum extent possible and should not be given any consideration because of their age. Kids killing people for fun is a bigger crime and a bigger social issue than some one murdered in a hostile environment. They are mad dogs gone on a killer rampage and should be treated just like that.
      Vinson

    • N. K. Singh says:

      Mr. Kumar’s thoughts are right on the money! I have seen the events he has experienced happen in other instances too. I concur with his excellent suggestions to help us avoid such events in the future. It will be sad if we did not learn from this tragedy. I pray for the family.

      • Murali Shastri says:

        I concur and agree with the thoughts penned and shared by Suresh U Kumar. Suresh and I have been involved with a couple of other residents in the Trans-old-Bridge area in this matter (together).

        In the course of the last few disturbing weeks following the cowardly and heinous attack on Dr. Sinha leading to his tragic and premature demise, we have been doing our part in trying to get some additional traction from the authorities concerned and keep a continued focus – by meeting with the Mayor, the police chief, the councilmen and women as well as to have a ‘balanced perspective’ of the situation on hand.

        What I have personally seen and heard is, while there are many well meaning folks who are actively involved in the issue in various flavors, there have been points repeatedly raised which will not stand up to scrutiny. These are prehaps voiced with the strong emotional feelings that some may have but they will become distractions, to say the least; OR they may even actively prejudice those who are not currently prejudiced leading to the dilution of the situation or saner inputs due to the vehemence and persistence of some viewpoints which may be considered ‘extreme’ or ‘irrational’ (i.e. ‘out there’ viewpoints).

        This said, I feel that perphaps, in this forum, the expansive write up could’ve been edited for brevity and published in full elsewhere (which I believe is the original plan for this article).

    • Suresh U. Kumar says:

      I would like to thank all who responded for and against my write up. My original article- which was an sharing of experiences and learning lessons at a local level- was intended for a news magazine. I have realized that the full version may not have been appropriate for this web-site. Therefore I would like to withdraw my original post and replace it with the abridged version given below. I am sticking my neck out because I sincerely believe that this debate is needed. I appreciate your understanding:
      Personally and on behalf of all my friends who are part of Citizens of Old Bridge, NJ” group ((http://groups.google.com/group/COBNJ), I would like to convey our deepest sympathies to the family and pray that they get peace and justice without delay. While the community has responded strongly, I believe that it will be a mistake to see this unfortunate incident in the limited context of a crime against the Indian American or even the larger Asian American community. As Dr. Martin Luther King so eloquently put it “An injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere”. The killing of Dr. Sinha, I believe, is quite simply a crime against humanity. Under different circumstances the victim could have been of any other race or ethnicity. Rather than circling the wagons around our ethnic, cultural, regional or religious sub-groups, I believe that it may serve the community better if we were to use this incident to promote integration with and strengthen our ties with all members in the communities we live and work in. At the local level we have met with the Mayor and Police Chief a couple of times. We have found them to be receptive to our suggestions. This incident has forced us to explore ways to get more involved with the common activities and events in the communities we live in. We are in the process of forming neighborhood watch groups and getting to learn more about serving as volunteers with the Auxiliary Police. Based on the feedback from our American friends, we now know that there is a need to get to know more of our neighbors, beyond just those who live next door to us. Perhaps its time that the Indian American community, in addition to celebrating our cultural festivals, also get more involved with local block parties and mainstream cultural celebration such as Memorial Day, July 4th and Veterans Day, etc. Given that the attackers were all high school children, we have suggested to the Mayor to examine introducing topics such as cultural assimilation, role of immigrants, tolerance and respect for minority communities into the educational system at an early stage. We believe that education of children is critical to developing a lasting respect for diversity.
      We know now that the only way for us to be really safe wherever we are, is to watch out for our neighbors knowing they in turn they will also watch out for our families. We have been advised by the local law enforcement officers that in order to detect patterns of anti-social activity and harassment, all such acts have to be reported to the police. Not reporting seemingly trivial incidents of anti-social activity only emboldens the criminals, leading to more serious crimes. Perhaps the most important lesson for us at Old Bridge and perhaps for the Indian American community at large is this: whenever such an incident occurs, we have to express our outrage and show our solidarity regardless of the location, ethnicity, race or religion of the victim. I have asked myself: if the victims’ last name was either Lee or Leroy, would my outrage and response have been the same? After this incident, I have no doubt whatsoever.

      With Prayers for the family and the community,
      Suresh U. Kumar

  13. Bhavani Prasad Yerrapalli from Bangalore, India says:

    I don’t know where to start – really stunned by this incident. May Divyendu’s soul rest in peace. I hope God gives his family the courage to go through these sad moments.
    I really I’m amazed/thankful at the Indian community helping out this family which is in dire straits and also fighting for the justice for the family and Indian Americans at large.

    Again – let god give strength to the family in these moments and wish all the luck in getting justice from the system.

  14. Amitav Sahay says:

    I knew Dibyendu at IIT Kharagpur; he was my senior. He was very kind, guiding newcomers like me on how to transition to hostel life and engineering studies from the sheltered life we used to live at home. He was an immense source of encouragement and guidance through our two years together before he graduated. I fondly remember him as being studious, direct, very helpful and very down-to-earth. My deep condolences and support to Dibyendu’s family who I have never met. May this B-wing, IIT Kgp Nehruite RIP.
    Amitav 1985 IIT Kgp. Nehru Hall.

  15. Shibojyoti Dutta says:

    It is sad and dismal to see such brutal events in a civilised world. The fundamental need of security is breached and the offence is avoidable. Hence, it calls for justice to culprits involved in the same – one life is lost jeopardising the life of dependants and troubling thousand others. No mercy should be shown to those guilty of the crime.

  16. B Shantanu says:

    My deepest condolences…I just cannot understand what could prompt such an unprovoked and brutal assault on a gentle family man…
    Deeply shocked and saddened.

  17. Sitting in Kolkata, I only pray to God that the two young children can recover from their shock and continue with their studies so as to be the same as their father if not surpass him.

    Message about his funeral proved that there is some humanity still left.
    This is the only hope for us to survive in this world.

    Subrata

  18. Defend Yourself Well says:

    I am outraged by this heinous crime and want to first of all convey my heartfelt condolences to the Sinha family. No amount of sympathy and words can ever be enough to compensate for the horrific and unimaginable loss they have suffered.

    I can just imagine how quickly how the wheels of justice would turn if a bunch of Indian teenage kids were to beat to death a white man walking with his family – there would be non stop TV shows demanding the death penalty for all.

    I think it is about time we started defending ourself a bit more aggressively – both as a community and as families and individuals. Perhaps taking more precautions, carrying weapons that are allowed by law and things like that. I for one would hate to be killed like a helpless sacrificial lamb fueled by racist hate and anger while the justice system argues over technicalities.

  19. Nilima De says:

    We have to mobilize the community and bring awareness across the diaspora about the heinous nature of this crime. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. This incident is receiving a lot of attention among the American public. We must keep up the momentum. That will pressure the authorities into taking swift and fair action against the criminals. This will serve as a lesson to others who harbor thoughts of hate.

  20. PLM says:

    God Bless this family.

  21. Joanne says:

    What kind of a world do we live in now? This is so horrific. My heart goes out to family and friends.

  22. Ashwin & Meena Shah says:

    We are so saddened by this event. Our condolences to the Sinha family. I hope the criminals are punished for what they have done. These murderous individuals and their families need to learn the value of precious life. It’s about time they learnt that everyone has a right to live.

  23. Mohana says:

    This is horrendous and horrifying.

  24. Prayers from Australia says:

    Charging the thugs who did this as children is just wrong. Teenagers should be held accountable for their acts. I hope that judiciary of NJ will set an example here so that such heinous acts do not happen again.

  25. Ram from Rochester, NY says:

    If these perpetrators are being tried as kids, their parents should pay restitution and also be jailed along with their children. The parents should be, at least, forced to pay for the schooling of Divyendu’s children. These perpetrators should never get out of jail and should rot there for the rest of their lives. They are lucky to be tried in a country that does not believe in an “eye for an eye”. Imagine as to what would have happened to them if they were in a country that believes in revenge. My heart goes out to the Sinha family. I met Divyendu, only briefly, as a former colleague at Kodak, and even during that brief meeting, I was impressed by his gentle demeanor. This whole tragedy is an outrage and reflects poorly on the value of life.

  26. Rajani, from Oman says:

    I’m shocked to read this account…..I do not know what words can console the Sinha family. Its time law makers and justice givers all over the world seriously think about the roles of the families when school going children indulge in this kind of behavior…whether the perpetrators are tried as adults or children….their families also need to suffer more direct consequences of raising barbaric animals.

  27. Satya says:

    Letting these teen-age murders go without proper punishment is practically same as “growing monsters in our own backyards”. Unless the police protects and the judiciary punishes, there is NO safety for the public, whether Indian or Non-Indian. This case can not be ignored. A family trial is not a solution which is a work around to let the criminals escape. A public trial is mandatory and a proper jury must be run to give serve better justice. Please check http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/article-29509.html for a step-by-step guide for a criminal trial procedures. We must do a candle light vigil and mobilize the community and bring quick attentions to several media channels such as TV, Print Press, Radio and Internet news groups and all kinds of mailing lists.

  28. mrs. patil sumita says:

    I am really sorry for what happened…my deepest symphathy to family…..tears came to my eyes…

  29. Hemlata Vasavada says:

    We are deeply sorry for the loss that Sinha family has suffered, especially the way Dr. Sinha was murdered. There are no words of consolation at a time of such sorrow, but our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family. I had thought Joel Kline was diffrent from Rush Limbah and Glen Beck, but his column proves otherwise.

  30. Shweta says:

    I am sorry for what happened to Mr. Sinha…May his soul rest in peace. I will keep his family in my prayers. Thank you for setting up this site.

    I sincerely wish that justice happens to the family.

  31. C.S. says:

    I have family that lives right down the street from where this happened. When I first heard of this terrible crime my heart sank. I do not know the victim or family but this could happen to anyone. My heartfelt condolences go out to the Sinha family.

    May these savage criminals be tried as adults as they should be and handed the highest punishment in the land.

  32. Ambreesh Chawla says:

    just disgusted with what has happened. May god rest his soul and give strength to his family, wife and sons. The utmost punishment will be given to those responsible from above.

  33. Ambreesh Chawla says:

    a facebook page demanding Justice for Divyendu’s Family should be created and people can be linked to all this information there as well. Word will spread very fast through facebook.

  34. Danny says:

    Three names of these savages who committed this heinous crime are …

    Christian Tinli
    Cash Johnson
    Julian Daley

    -Look up their Facebook profiles. These thugs deserve no less than thirty years in prison.

    • Uma says:

      Thanks for sharing their names. I visited their facebooks. Very sad that children turn out to be so cruel.

      Do you know other three people names? I heard that there are three other Caucasians involved in this case.

    • Giovanni Arana says:

      more like 30 years hard labor.

  35. Bharat says:

    My deepest condolences to the Sinha family.Guilty should be hanged.Forget the age.

  36. Hunter of these wild animals says:

    My deepest condolences to the bereaved family of the Sinha’s. These are difficult times for the family and be rest assured justice will be brought to you, one way or the other.

    But, if all this outrage of so many people will not convince the US Justice system to try these wild animals as adults and give them life sentences, then they need to be hunted down and shown a taste of their own actions. May be then the US Justice system will wake up and give justice to ALL, not just their own kind.

    Shame on the parents of these 5 boys, which I doubt if they even exist. These must have been born to nobody and probably have no homes or parents or family. Such individuals do not deserve to exist in America, may be Siberia prison.

  37. WBFB Canada says:

    The WBF canada condemns this cowardly act in 21st century America.
    Twitter:http://twitter.com/wbfcanada

  38. srinivas says:

    I am not able to sleep properly ever since I heard this news. I could not imagine the impact on the kids who witnessed this brutality. If the justice is not served to the fullest, Mr. Sinha’s kids should work hard and become cops or lawyers or politicians in the near future so by the time these criminals come out, kids can put them back behind bars again.

  39. VoP says:

    Do you know how these killers get instigated? Read this and protest against such racist journalists.

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1999416,00.html?artId=1999416?contType=article?chn=us

  40. Anurag Chaturvedi says:

    I can’t find words to describe the feeling of frustration and helplessness I felt when I heard about this tragic incident – I never had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Sinha personally but I do feel very strongly about the need for the community to come together – this can happen to any of us – just imagine what would happen if it was you instead of Dr. Sinha, what would you want the community to do – we can’t afford to remain silent, please join me in signing the online petition, it takes only a few seconds to show support, please do so – I know there are a lot more than 1668 Indians out there in NJ….

    http://www.petitiononline.com/divyendu/petition.html

  41. Mani Sankar says:

    Please do not insult animals by calling these gangsters animals. Animals show love and affection and attack only when they are attacked or threatened. These 5 boys are rougues of the 1st order and should be tried as adults only and should be given max punishment possible under the law or beyond the law (modify the law suitably)

  42. Nirav Jhala says:

    My heart goes out to Divyendu’s parents, wife and kids.

    A brilliant person with a great heart (I can vouch for it as a classmate at IIT) has been taken away from his family and the community by these ‘animals’ – rightly called so.

    Please spread this as far and wide as you can and muster support for the petition. Let us get justice for Divyendu and get those ‘animals’ what they deserve.

    May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  43. Mandar says:

    Prosecutor should charge them as adults, they need maximum punishment so example is made to others who may be down the path of cruelty.

  44. OB resident says:

    These animals have taken away our sense of security. I am horrified to walk outside my home at night. I am now afraid of teenagers and of having my elderly parents go out for their daily walk. I have been a resident of OB for 15 years and until this incident never considered moving. The parents and high school bear the responsibility for these criminals. Both created them. We need to stick united as a community to make sure these murderers stay out of our town. They need to be taught a lesson in ADULT jail, for a long time. The rumor in town is that some are good atheletes of the high school. Any monkey can be trained how to throw a ball. Not everyone was blessed with the intelligence of the man. Old Bridge residents are horrified and it will take a very long time to heal. The parents and high school administration need to stop rearing these bullies. Courses on human virtues should be part of their curriculum. Bullies should be punished regardles of how good they play sports.

    For the family, I dont think there are sufficient words to say how sorry I am for their loss.
    Please note the community is with you although you many not know most of us. We care and are morning with you.

  45. Paula says:

    When is the proesecutor scheduled to make the decision to charge them as adults? Is this something that happens in court and is open to the public?

  46. Kate Perry says:

    I am so sickened by what happened to this man & his family. Some kids are totally out of control and these five must pay for their actions by being taken out of society for a very long time. I can’t even imagine what would make them commit such a horrific act.

    My condolences to the family, friends & colleagues of Mr Shinha, may he rest in peace.

  47. Sugrutha says:

    From nj.com:

    “Kaplan said he is considering whether to move to have the five juveniles tried as adults, where they would face harsher penalties than in Family Court. Under the law, the prosecutor’s office has 30 days to file the motion in Family Court. Ultimately, the decision rests with a judge.”

    In NJ kids as young as 14 have been tried as adults, these were 16 and 17. Also please remember this was not non-contact killing with a gun, it was contacted and personal muder involving vicious physical attack. So these boys are even more dangerous. We have less than 30 days and we have to make sure that the case is transferred from family to regular court. In family court they will walk away with time less than 10 yaers to be served in a jeuvanuile facility. These boys belong in a state prison and for a long time like 25 to 35 years.

    • FelixC says:

      Speaking about our Judiciary System. You know their defense lawyers are going to say “These are some bright, innocent kids, who are college bound, have a whole bright future in front of them, but just mistakenly did something wrong just at the spur of the moment. They should be given a second chance to live out their lives in order to do penance to the society….” Bah, bah, bah… this kind of bull that we all heard so often from defense lawyers. And ultimately, our defunct system is just going to put them into juvenille correction centers, (where they would be cured into hardcore criminals), then thrown back to the society and the cycle starts all over again.

  48. Sugrutha says:

    I read somewhere that the teen-agers were taken to family court. We need to make sure that they are tried as adults in this capital crime. Otherwise it will send a wrong signal that teens can get away with these kind of murders. We have to make sure that they are tried as adults for a minimum of second-degree murder charge, and that they get the maximum sentences. This is the only way to protect innocent people from depraved kids that are out to muder them.

  49. Prayers from Canada says:

    It brings tears to my eyes to read of such a horrific incident. I am truly sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family at this time. I cannot believe in this day and age, teenagers commit such atrocious acts of violence. It pains me. And I can understand how no one feels secure in your town, or anywhere for that matter.
    I pray that justice will be served for you.

  50. can't believe this is happening in NJ in 2010 says:

    As a 49 year old with a similar family profile living in a nice neigbhorhood in NJ, I can’t but empathize with what he and his family are going through. These savages-black,brown,white or yellow must be given the death penalty. Mr.Satyanarayana, Thanks for setting up this website. Hope you can set up a bank account to which people can donate online. This will help people in giving selflessly and instantly. This will work better than mailing a check as the family in grief may not even think about cashing it. Please contact me if you need help in doing so.
    Please publish this information so people can give from far and wide.

  51. Sneha Mehta says:

    Dear Sinha family,Our deepest condolences on this tragic loss of life. May Ishwar grant you the strength to go thru this very difficult time.. We are with you in your fight to get the justice.

  52. Disgusted in Old Bridge says:

    To the Sinha family – please accept my deepest condolences for the horrific loss of your husband and father. Please know that all of Old Bridge is horrified by what happened to him. It was a totally horrific, senseless crime and we will never understand what caused these animals to do what they did. I am writing t0 the prosecutor’s office also to DEMAND that they be tried as adults and receive the maximum penalty for this crime. I pray for all of you that you will some day have peace. May your memories of him bring you happiness and comfort during this most difficult time. Thank you to all who have put together this website. I will be sharing it with my family and friends.

  53. Outraged in NJ says:

    I am horrified that the Prosecutor is protecting these animals!! They wanted to act like adults right?? They were supposedly using their car as a weapon just a few minutes before this to chase and harass another person driving down the road…Then they decide to beat someone up just for fun and you are gonna charge them as children?? Send a message to these thugs and future thugs that” if they choose the action, they choose the consequencce”. Look at their Fb pages and look at the way they talk and what they say…then tell me they are children…everyone knows who they are anyway. Make them pay restitution to the family the rest of their lives with jobs they do while rotting their “star athlete” butts in prison…better yet since you are charging them as minors, make their families pay since they are responsible for raising these animals…..To the family who so tragically lost their husband, brother, son and father so needlessly, I pray for God to comfort you and turn your deep pain and sorrow into loving memories of your loved one….Dont try to make sense of this, just stay strong and know that a community of people you know and dont know are here for you…….

    • Defend Yourself Well says:

      Well, I am sure if the victim was a white man, and the perpetrators were indian teenage kids, we would be seeing an entirely different reaction from the prosecutor.

  54. Well wisher in Weehawken says:

    This is sickening. I pray that the Sinha family receive the support and divine grace they need to emerge whole from this tragedy. I have written to the prosecutor to ask that he show the Sinha family and the people of NJ that justice prevails over inhuman brutality. There can be no excuses for these cruel young people. R.I.P., Divyendu Sinha.

  55. Supporter of Divyendu's Family says:

    My condolences the Sinha Family.
    I live in Old Bridge and am horrified by this act. We, as a community, need to support this family and post this information on sites such as nj.com , topix.com and other sites. I will do my best to spread the word and post on sites.

    Excellent job to the group that got this website together quickly.

  56. Supporters says:

    We are sorry to hear about the loss and please accept our condolences.

    As we all sock/angry and want to support the Mr. Sinha’s family, I would like to share some of my thoughts:

    These kids are bully at the OB High School. They bother the others and disturb the teachers in the class rooms. They are getting away from the punishment because of good football players. Unfortunately, school system supports these kids since they do want to loose them for their own self interest. My son and other person whom we know were also the victim of one them in the school.

    They are in the school not for the educations. They are there to spread the fear among the students and the community. There is no gain but, they enjoy doing it.

    At last but not least, please keep us inform about the petition. We all are waiting for it to sign. Let us know know what else we can do.

  57. Mohini Singh says:

    My heart goes out to the entire Sinha family and “may his soul rest in heavenly peace.” How many more unsolved killings [as in the case of "Dr. Geetha Angara] of hapless & innocent Indo/Americans lives does it take to stop these people?
    And yet another, New Jersey’s cold blooded monsters filled with RACIST RAGE … has to be brought to JUSTICE and SWIFTLY!

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  59. Ash says:

    Thank you for informing us about the funeral and providing information on how we can help. I am glad we can take some solace that the community (not just Indian but people of all races living here) are coming together in support of the family and in support of justice. Please keep us updated on how we can provide help (I will be sending a check for the college fund for the children).

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