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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

World

Sikh shot at in Florida in suspected hate crime
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Washington, February 27, 2013
First Published: 00:33 IST(27/2/2013)
Last Updated: 00:35 IST(27/2/2013)

A Sikh man was shot and injured while driving home from work with his son Saturday night in Florida state of the United States.

The police have not yet identified the motive behind the shooting. The suspects, who were in a pick-up truck, fled.

The victim, 47-year-old Kanwaljit Singh, is in hospital, recovering from a surgery to treat the gunshot wounds. His son, who is 13, escaped unhurt.

"Their is no (identification) as yet on the occupant of the suspect vehicle involved," Orange county assistant police chief Wayne Miller told reporters.

But authorities are investigating the shooting as a case of hate crime, according to reports.

It adds to a growing list of such incidents targeting the community of Sikh Americans, said to be around 500,000.

The worst of them happened exactly six months ago wen six Sikh men were gunned down by a white supremacist Wade Michael Page at a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

The community has been demanding treatment of these incidents as hate crimes, and lawmakers agreed at a congressional hearing on the Oak Creek shootings.

The Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund and 'Sikh Coalition' called on the law enforcement officials and requested them to conduct a thorough probe.


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