Sikh samaritan killed in hit-and-run accident in UK

  • PTI, London
  • Updated: Jul 28, 2015 16:10 IST

A 74-year-old Sikh samaritan died in an alleged hit-and-run case while he was on his way to a gurdwara in the British city of Derbyshire.

A post mortem examination said Satnam Singh died from head and chest injuries "consistent with being hit by a vehicle", Derbyshire police said.

Singh was found seriously injured last Friday near the Sri Guru Singh Sabha temple in Derby while he was on his way to the gurdwara.

Described by his friend's as "one of life's good guys", Singh was a volunteer at the temple and was holding a donation in his hand when he was reportedly hit by a car.

"He was a devoted volunteer who was close to the gates that day when they found him and he had his donation in his hand. He was the first one to come to the Gudhwara (temple) every day, seven days a week, at 4.30am - every morning without fail, rain or shine, he would be there," Gurpal Singh of the National Sikh Heritage Centre was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"It was not just people in Derby who respected him– he was held in high regard in the Sikh community across Europe", he said.

"My uncle was a very good man. He was a caring, considerate and happy family man," his nephew, Bill Johal, said.

Officers are trying to trace a dark hatchback car which had been seen in the area at the time of the incident, the report said.

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