New Jersey Sikh Mayor admits to receiving ‘threats’; security tightened now
He is first Sikh Mayor of New Jersey but the Indian-American Ravinder Bhalla only recently revealed that he and his family had received death threats.
The revelation followed a security breach at City Hall where after Bhalla stated that city is working with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force to improve security at the premises.
Bhalla however did not elaborate on the death threats and their source.
He said that the Joint Terrorism Task Force has evaluated City Hall and there will be implementation of their recommendations for physical and procedural changes to improve security for all employees in the building.
According to sources, a man entered City Hall and told security he needed to use the restroom after going through the metal detectors.
While Bhalla was not in his office at the time, his deputy chief of staff Jason Freeman, observed the man throw a bag with an object in it towards the administrative assistant’s desk and rushed out of the office.
Police has since taken the episode very seriously.
Bhalla became the first ever Sikh to hold office in New Jersey after a stiff competition that turned ugly when he was labelled a terrorist in slanderous flyers.>