Vastavam web: Two Sikh Americans have been killed in separate incidents in California, according to community organisations and media reports.Subag Singh, 68, was found dead in a canal after he went missing in the morning of June 23. His body had injuries.California law enforcement officials from Fresno county have said that they were trying to find out who was responsible for the killing of the elderly Sikh American.
Deputies are not saying if this was a hate crime or not, but members of the Sikh community say this would not be the first, it said.”Honestly, we are very hurt, it just hurts us. And it just we then, think what else do we need to do,” Gurdeep Shergill, a local community leader, was quoted as saying.In a separate incident, Simranjit Singh, 20, of Elk Grove was shot dead on July 25 outside a gas station where he worked.These attacks are inexcusable and we offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of Subag Singh and Simranjit Singh.
“We call upon local and federal law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate these heinous crimes and classify them as hate incidents if hate is show to be a motive,” SALDEF executive director Baldev Singh said.In March, a 39-year-old Sikh man was shot in the arm outside his home in Kent, Washington, by a partially-masked gunman who shouted “go back to your own country”.