New York blast: Sikh hailed as hero for helping arrest terror suspect

Harinder Bains, the owner of a bar in Linden found Ahmad Khan Rahami sleeping in the doorway of his bar.

By: PTI | New York | Published:September 20, 2016 9:46 am
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A Sikh bar owner in the US is being hailed as a hero for helping capture the 28-year old Afghan-American wanted for the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey.

Harinder Bains, the owner of a bar in Linden found Ahmad Khan Rahami sleeping in the doorway of his bar on Monday.

Bains said he was watching news on TV on his laptop from another business across the street.

At first, he thought he was some “drunk guy” resting in the vestibule but then recognised Rahami and called police.

“I’m just a regular citizen doing what every citizen should do. Cops are the real heroes, law enforcement are the real heroes,” Bains told.

When officers responded, Rahami pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking an officer in the chest.

A foot chase ensued, during which Rahami shot at a police car, causing a bullet to graze another office in the face.

The chase ended when Rahami was shot multiple times.

He was taken to a hospital for surgery. Rahami was not initially cooperative with police who tried to interview him, a law enforcement official said.

Indian-American attorney Ravi Batra told PTI that Bains “dared to honour his Oath of Citizenship to protect & defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic -and it’s turns out that the Chelsea Pressure Cooker Bomber suspect, a naturalised citizen, is caught by another immigrant, an Indian-American Hero-Sikh.”

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In a statement, the National Sikh Campaign said this was brave and courageous act by Bains.

“A Sikh helps police get to the terrorist involved in New York and New Jersey bombing over the weekend,” it said.

“He heroically helped save many innocent lives and yet gave credit to law enforcement officers. Harinder Bains certainly did what every responsible citizen in America ought to do. Brave and courageous act!” said the National Sikh Campaign.

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    Devinder
    Sep 20, 2016 at 8:33 am
    True sikh God bless him
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      Bob Orians
      Sep 22, 2016 at 1:40 am
      Every Indian American I have known have been wonderful , kind , and compionate people . I am blessed to call more than a few my friends .
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        Prasad
        Sep 20, 2016 at 4:38 am
        Good. But , please don't mention the name , ideny. That will be dangerous to him in future.
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          Murthy
          Sep 20, 2016 at 7:13 am
          Well done, Bains... He may have done more, if needed. Indians, please read the Life and Times of the Sikh Gurus, especially, Guru Gobind Singh Devji. I am Hindu from the South, but I have respected and revered the statesmanship of the Tenth Guru, when Hindustan was faced with a great stress from Aurangzeb. If ever Hinduism is threatened seriously within India, I hope every Hindu will convert to SIKHISM.
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            Prakash
            Sep 20, 2016 at 4:34 am
            Thank you to him. He saved lives. Very appreciated!
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              prakash singh
              Sep 20, 2016 at 4:13 pm
              I salute Murthy and his respect for sikh
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                prakash singh
                Sep 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm
                Murthy you are real Hindu, I salute you, thanks for appreciating sikh and sikhism,
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                  Raj
                  Sep 20, 2016 at 6:42 am
                  India is majority Hindu country, 84% potion is Hindus in India and Sikh is only 2%. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why Sikh people are so successful in India and overseas. Not only because they are hard working, but courageous not coward like veg people.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Eat beef, non veg food, you Hindus including me will be courageous. Beef is natural vitamin which makes you courageous.
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