This is the third attack on a Sikh in the last three weeks
The Hush Post: A Sikh store owner has been stabbed to death in the state of New Jersey, US. Tirlok Singh was found dead in his store with an apparent stab wound in the chest on Thursday morning, by his cousin Karnail Singh as per reports.
The country prosecutor’s office has said it was a case of homicide. As per as the report by WNBC TV, the police did not find any motive behind the killing and no arrest had been made till now.
According to Singh’s relatives, the victim was a very kind person. He is survived by his wife and children who live in India.
The news report said Singh ran his store for six years and a neighbour said that he worked fearlessly and never worried about being attacked in his workplace.
Civil rights organisation, the Sikh Coalition expressed condolences to Singh’s family, friends and the local community.
Simran Jeet Singh, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Centre for Religion and Media and a Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition, tweeted about Singh’s tragic death, saying “this is the third attack on a Sikh in the last three weeks. So tired of all this sadness.”
Earlier also, two Sikhs were attacked in separate incidents in California over the past few weeks, but they survived the assaults.
On July 31, 50-year-old Surjit Malhi was attacked by two men while putting up campaign signs for Republican Congressman Jeff Denham and other local Republican candidates.
Malhi said, “The attackers yelled “Go back to your country!” and spray painted the same message, along with hate symbols, on his truck.”
On August 6, Sahib Singh Natt,71, was thrown to the ground and beaten by two people in Manteca.
Following the two incidents, the Sikh Coalition had urged members of the community to know their rights, remain vigilant and report cases of bias, bigotry and backlash in the wake of the attacks.
“We are deeply troubled by these two recent attacks and strongly encourage increased vigilance nationwide as we work to support the Central Valley, California community during this difficult time,” Sikh Coalition Legal Director Amrith Kaur had said.