In an alleged act of racism, a youth from Jalandhar city was allegedly shot dead on Thursday night in California in United States of America by some unidentified assailants.
An uncle of the deceased, Ravinder Kumar of New Surajganj area, said that Rahul Sharma was walking outside his house after dinner when he was shot in the head by some unidentified persons without any provocation from behind at Central Avenue in Fremont. Rahul died on the spot. The Fremont police have released a sketch of the suspects.
Rahul, aged about 20, was living with his parents Pran Sharma, mother Davinder Sharma, two sisters Mehak (18) and Deepti (22) and a one-year-old brother in Fremont for the past seven years.
"He was very fond of Punjabi music and always talked of coming to India. Three year back, he was here to celebrate Dussehra and enjoyed a lot with the family members," Ravinder said.
"I have come to know that people from Punjab in the USA are falling victim to such racial attacks. The murder of Rahul was also a result of racial hatred," he said.
Meanwhile, North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has condemned the murder and demanded a high-level inquiry into it. Association president Satnam Singh Chahal said that racial discrimination towards the Punjabi community exists throughout the USA and people from community were facing racial discrimination and such attacks there every day.