Whatcom County Sikhs condemn and grieve hate crimes

Press Release 6 March 2017

The entire Sikh Community of Whatcom County joins millions of other Americans all over the nation in condemning the racist attack last Friday on an American Citizen of Sikh faith living in Kent, Washington state.

Sikhs condemn all hate and fear fueled attacks on innocent people, everywhere. Sikhs have the back of any and all bullied and oppressed people.

“Sikhs are proud to be Americans, living in the land of the free”, said Mr. Satpal Singh Sidhu, Whatcom County Councilman, a Sikh himself.

The man, Deep Singh Rai, 39, was in the driveway of his home in Kent, Washington state, working on his car on Friday night when a white man, wearing a mask over the lower part of his face, confronted him and then shot him in the arm, The Seattle Times reported.

The police have asked the FBI and other law enforcement agencies for help finding the gunman, who the victim said told him to “go back to your own country”.

A similar shooting happened a week ago in Kansas, when Adam W Purinton confronted Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, two immigrants from India over their visa status.

Ian Grillot, another person in the bar tried to intervene and he was also shot. Mr. Srinivas Kuchibhotla died from the gun shots and Ian and Alok were released from hospital after treatment for gunshot wounds.

Satpal Sidhu said, “While deeply appreciating the love and support of Whatcom County neighbors and friends, we would like to invite everyone for Langar (sacred free kitchen), on Sunday March 12th from Noon to 2pm at ””.

Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurudwara
176 E Pole Rd, Lynden, WA 98264
Washington State, USA

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