Sunday 25 August 2012. An elderly Sikh man was allegedly beaten up by his neighbour in New Jersey following an altercation and later arrested by the police because of keeping a kirpan, an article of the Sikh faith.
This was on July 26, nearly 10 days before the shooting at Oak Creek gurdwara in Wisconsin, United Sikhs, a Sikh advocacy group, said Thursday.
It said Avtar Singh, 72, a petrol pump owner and one of the founding members of Glen Rock gurdwara in New Jersey, went to a neighbouring shop, owned by Edward Koscovski, to ask him to move his truck blocking entry to the petrol pump.
An altercation followed, in which Avtar Singh was brutally assaulted, the group claimed.
“Edward (started) hitting me, smashed my face, broke my teeth and kept punching me in the stomach. He grabbed my kirpan and threw it at his attendant,” Avtar Singh said. (PTI)