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Friday, September 21, 2007

Two Elderly Sikh American Men Suffer Vicious Attack in Maryland

FBI asked to probe possible hate crime; Community urged to continue reporting similar incidents

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the nation’s oldest and largest Sikh American civil rights organization, filed a formal complaint today with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about an alleged hate crime in Burtonsville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC.

The incident occurred when two Sikh American men were walking near their home during the afternoon of Saturday, September 15, 2007. During their walk they were approached by a group of six young men.

As the group approached, one of the young men struck the first victim with a blow to the side of his face, causing him to fall to the ground and partially lose consciousness. When the other victim attempted to call the police, another young man took his cell phone and began assaulting him. The attackers continued their assault on the victims after which they fled from the scene.

As no valuables were taken from the victims, there are indications the attack could have been racially and religiously motivated. [SALDEF Announcement]

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Blogger RajSingh [At 1:35 PM]:

Hearing of such attacks on the other side of the world makes ones blood boil about brainless attackers. You thick idiots, you are picking on Sikh people through total ignorance, by mistaking us for Muslim terrorists. If you really have a functioning brain, go and read about us...centuries ago we were fighting such oppressors in India, whereas USA has just got their grey matter onto this idea. If such attacks carry on, we may have resort other methods to defend ourselves, where ever we are...and yes we'll shoot back!!!
RajSingh
London

 
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