May 7, 2013 (Fremont, California) -- According to local media reports, Mr. Piara Singh, an 82 year-old Sikh man, was severely beaten on Sunday, May 5, 2013 with an iron bar outside of Gurdwara Nanaksar Sahib in Fresno, California. Mr. Singh sustained significant injuries, including head injuries, broken bones and ribs, and a collapsed lung. The suspect was apprehended at the scene of the crime and is currently in custody. Law enforcement is investigating the incident as a potential hate crime.
Click here to watch local TV news coverage of the assault
Click here to read an article in the Fresno Bee
Mr. Singh remains in the hospital in serious condition. The local Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Fresno Police Department will thoroughly investigate the attack and are convening a community meeting tonight at Gurdwara Nanaksar Sahib to provide an update on the incident. We urge community members in the area to attend and join the Sikh Coalition and the local sangat in providing support to Piara Singh and his family:
Community Meeting with Law Enforcement and Media
Time/Date: May 7, 2013, 5:30 PM PST
Gurdwara Nanaksar Sahib
3060 S. Cherry Avenue
Fresno, California 93706
The Sikh Coalition applauds Mr. Singh's family and the Fresno community for its immediate and comprehensive response to the attack. Within hours, the family and community engaged with media, law enforcement, the FBI and Department of Justice, and the Sikh Coalition. We remain in direct touch with the family, the local sangat, and law enforcement; pray for Mr. Singh’s full and speedy recovery; and will provide updates as the situation progresses.
As always, we urge all Sikhs to practice their faith fearlessly. If you or someone you know ever experiences violence or even a threat of violence, please report the incident to your local police department immediately by dialing 9-1-1.