Sikh man shot dead in New Jersey,cops announce reward for info

A sikh man working at a gas station in New Jersey in the US was shot dead over the weekend in an attempted robbery case

Written by Press Trust Of India | Washington | Updated: April 8, 2014 4:20 pm

A sikh man working at a gas station in New Jersey in the US was shot dead over the weekend in an attempted robbery case.

The local police has announced an award of $ 8,000 for information leading to arrest of those responsible for the murder of Surinder Singh. A native of India,Singh (40) worked as an attendant at Garden State Fuel in Woodbury for 14 years.

A massive manhunt has been launched in New Jersey for the two persons allegedly responsible for the killing. The police have also released sketch of one suspect. He has been described as a black male weighing 150 pounds,5-feet,7-inches tall,armed with a small handgun.

The accused fled scene in a small,silver vehicle north on Broad Street. According to the police,Singh was shot twice — once in upper chest,which went straight in and a second time near the right armpit.

In a statement,North American Punjabi Association alleged that the US law enforcement agencies have failed in protecting the lives and property of Sikh community in the country.

Trial in Namdhari chief attack begins at Leicester court

A 26-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of Namdhari Sikh sect leader Sri Satguru Uday Singh in Leicester.

Harjit Singh Toor,also charged with making threats in a public place with a ‘gandasa’,spoke only to confirm his name at a three-minute preliminary hearing at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday. Judge Michael Pert adjourned the case for a plea and a case management hearing to be held on December 3.

Toor is accused of assault at Gurdwara Namdhari Temple on Linden Street,Spinney Hill,in the East Midlands region of England,on August 11. He was caught by members of the congregation present for Sunday prayers at the gurdwara. Toor is a non-Namdhari Sikh from Oadby area.

Toor was wrapped in a blanket as he moved towards the sect chief with a ‘gandasa’,a traditional Punjabi farming tool,and aimed for his head. The victim was able to deflect the attack and suffered injuries to his face and arm. “He (Toor) may have been instigated by someone known to the sect,” said Ranjit Singh,general secretary of the gurdwara.

Thakur Uday Singh took over as Namdhari sect leader in December last year after the death of Satguru Jagjit Singh. His selection was opposed by some within the sect,including Uday Singh’s elder brother Dalip Singh. There is speculation that the attacker may have a link with the controversy surrounding the choice of sect leader.

Uday Singh was in the UK to convene a Namdhari Darbar and has since returned to Sri Bhaini Sahib in Ludhiana.

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