Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar has expressed concern over the security and safety of Sikhs residing in the US, following fresh cases of hate crimes against members of the community.
In a communiqué to Richard R Verma, US ambassador to India, Makkar made a reference to the recent incident of a gurdwara being set on fire by miscreants at Flogs Park near New York.
The SGPC chief also pointed to the recent case of an elderly Sikh, Amrik Singh Bal, being thrashed by two persons in Fresno area of California. “The two incidents are clear cases of hate crime against Sikhs,” he said in the letter.
Makkar pointed out that since the 9/11 terror strikes in the US, Sikhs had become easy targets of hate crime as they were often mistaken as Muslims and were linked to terrorists.
“I urge you to take up this matter at the highest level with the US administration,” he stated in the letter.
Takes up issue with PM
Makkar also shot off another letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to take up the hate crime cases with President Barack Obama.