Monday, September 17, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Sikh, Pakistani shot in USA

Balbir Singh Sodhi
Balbir Singh Sodhi

New York, September 16
A 52-year-old Sikh and a Pakistani were shot dead in Arizona and Texas in continuing attacks on ethnic immigrants following last week’s terrorist strikes in the USA.

Four unidentified gunmen drove up in two pick-up trucks to the gas filling station owned by Balbir Singh Sodhi at Mesa in Arizona and shot him dead last night, possibly mistaking him as an Arab, Rajwant Singh, President of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, said.

In a separate attack, Pakistani immigrant Waquer Hasan, 46, was shot dead in his grocery store in Dallas, Texas.

“We don’t deserve this kind of treatment,” said Sodhi’s younger brother Latwinder Singh Sodhi. “He wouldn’t have any enemies,” said Balbir’s cousin Harjit Singh.

The owners, brothers Ali Saad and Saad Saad, would not identify the clerk.

Balbir Singh Sodhi, according to Rajwant Singh, had received numerous death threats just as “many thousands of Sikhs are receiving throughout the nation.”

Dr Singh is closely associated with a major gurdwara and various Sikh associations in Washington and was on the White House all religious advisory body during the Clinton Administration.

Several Sikhs and Muslims have been harassed, abused and beaten up across the USA and most of Muslim institutions closed after being targeted by hate groups in the wake of terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on September 11.

Gurdwaras, Hindu temples and mosques have been fired at or damaged. PTI


120 cases of assault on US Sikhs
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
Notwithstanding the fact that Sikhs are not involved in any manner in the recent terrorist attacks in USA, American Sikhs continue to face the brunt of the people’s anger if various website floated on the Internet are any indication. Not only the Sikh gurdwaras, but Hindu temples too are being attacked, according to reports on several websites.

In fact, a number of members of American Sikhs and Hindus have floated various websites in the aftermath of the New York tragedy. The websites are displaying the number of attacks on American Sikhs and Hindus and are updating these regularly. Condemning the attacks, the websites are seeking to educate through the Net that the Sikhs are not involved in the heinous acts. At least two Sikhs have been shot dead at different places in USA in the past 24 hours, according to the website. As many as 120 cases of harassment and hate attacks against the Sikhs have been reported by the website, was launched two days ago. The site has received entries from various people all over the USA, reporting various incidents of crime against the Sikhs.

The website has also reported the incidents of various Sikh schoolchildren being harassed by classmates. The incidents of firebombing on two or three Hindu temples have also been reported.Back


India seeks US help

New Delhi, September 16
Terming as “tragic and unfortunate” the killing of a Sikh in the US, India today said it had sought assistance of the US authorities to prevent attacks on the community members in the aftermath of last week’s terrorist strikes in New York and Washington. PTI

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