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Indian-Americans’ accounting firm gets threat calls

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New York: A New York accounting firm, run by Indian-Americans, has received threat calls accusing them of being members of a ‘white supremacist hate group’, a media report said.

K.K. Mehta accounting firm in Garden city, New York, was flooded with nearly 70 hate calls on Monday and the callers accused them of being members of Ku Klux Klan hate group, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The Ku Klux Klan is the name of three distinct past and present movements in the US run by a group of people who advocate extremist reactionary currents such as white supremacy, white nationalism, and anti-immigration.

Historically, the group expressed their opposition through terrorism aimed at groups or individuals whom they opposed.

The group has been classified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League — a Jewish organisation in the US that claims to be the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency.

“It is a matter of concern when you have so many threatening phone calls, and some of them are local,” the partner in the firm told the daily on Tuesday.

The company said they neither know about the group nor have any connection with them.

“We do not know anything about these people. We have nothing to do with all of them,” the partner and the accountant of the firm said.

Both partner and the accountant are of Indian-origin and requested anonymity as they fear being targeted personally.

Many of the phone calls to the firm were from the southern US area codes and one was from New York, the report said.

It was revealed that the company was getting threat calls because their office number featured in a list “leak” that “some Anonymous-associated Twitter accounts initially claimed was phone numbers and e-mails of members of the Ku Klux Klan”.

This list was released on Sunday night. However, the official Ku Klux Klan twitter account has disavowed all the files and said they will not be releasing the data till November 5, as was originally planned.

K.K. Mehta accounting firm, founded in 1978, specialises in the hospitality and medical industries. Five Indian-origin people run the company.