Prime News, International, California, July 29:- Two Sikh Americans have been killed in separate incidents in California, according to community organisations and media reports.
The victims identified as Subag Singh, 68who was found dead in a canal after he went missing in the morning of June 23. His body bore injuries. California law enforcement officials from Fresno county have said that they were trying to find out who was responsible for the killing of the elderly Sikh American.
In a separate incident, Simranjit Singh, 20, of Elk Grove was shot dead on July 25 outside a gas station where he worked. According to Sacramento Bee news, he was shot dead by men who had earlier assaulted his co-worker.
At this point in both investigations, it is unclear if either of these crimes was racially motivated but we are working with both local and federal laws enforcement authorities to ensure these murders are thoroughly investigated and that the local jurisdictions are treating the cases with the utmost importance said Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund (SALDEF).
SALDEF said that these attacks are inexcusable and we offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of Subag Singh and Simranjit Singh. We call upon local and federal law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate these heinous crimes and classify them as hate incidents if hate is show to be a motive, SALDEF executive director Baldev Singh further said.
There have been a number of attacks targeting Indian- Americans and Sikhs in the recent months in the US.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)