Two held for attack on Sikh in America

San Francisco: Two persons have been arrested in connection with an alleged hate crime attack on a 41-year-old Sikh-American IT expert in the US, the police said today.

Maan Singh Khalsa was attacked on September 25 in Richmond Bay area, California, when a group of white men in a pickup truck began to thrash him unprovoked.

One of the men threw a beer can at his car while cursing and yelling at him. Khalsa’s head was pulled out of the window of his car, his turban was forcibly removed and his long hair was cut off, the authorities said.

Dustin Albarado, 25, and Chase Little, 31, were arrested after the attack. A third assailant and two remaining accomplices have not been apprehended, Richmond Police Lt. Felix Tan was quoted as saying by the Los Angeles Times. The Sikh Coalition, a national civil rights organisation, is urging California law enforcement officials to file hate crime charges in connection with the attack that left Khalsa with several injuries.

The group argues that Khalsa, an information technology specialist and part-time caregiver, was targeted because of his ethnicity and religion.

“The attackers caused physical injuries and deep harm when they targeted my Sikh faith,” Khalsa said in a statement.

“I urge a thorough investigation so we can address the tide of violence and bigotry in this country.” The Sikh Coalition had also written a letter to Richmond Police chief Allwyn Brown and Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark A. Peterson, urging them to investigate the incident as a hate crime.

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