HAF Condemns Deadly Attacks on Sikhs, Demands Justice
Minneapolis, MN (March 12, 2011) - Expressing deep anguish and concern, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) urged a thorough and quick investigation into the gunning of two elderly Sikhs on March 5, 2011 in a Sacramento suburb. Surinder Singh, 65, died on the spot, and his friend, Gurmej Atwal, 78, was hospitalized in critical condition after being gunned down by unidentified persons. HAF suspects that it was a hate crime as the two elderly men were wearing traditional Sikh turbans and beards, and might have been targeted as Muslims.
"This is a heinous deed, and whoever decided to attack these two elderly gentlemen should get no reprieve from the state,” said Dr. Mihir Meghani, founding member, HAF. “Ignorance, extremism, and a violent gun culture have led to this tragedy, and the targeting of minorities shows a dangerous turn in American politics and society. This is unacceptable.”