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NRI Sikh stabbed at Fresno International Airport


Fresno, Dec. 06, 2011

According to police, NRI sikh man around 50, was standing with his translator in the security area at Fresno Yosemite International Airport when he was stabbed by white guy Mitchell Dufur, 26. Dufur has refused to talk to police about his motive.

On March 4, 2011, two elderly men were earlier gunned down while walking through a neighbourhood in Elk Grove, Sacramento.

In India, Sikhism rose up 500 years ago as a monotheistic religion that rejected the caste system and scriptures of Hinduism. Since 1699, when the last living Sikh guru bestowed a unique Sikh identity based on five articles of faith, Sikhs have worn turbans.

In India, the turban was first abandoned in large numbers in anti-Sikh riots that erupted after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984.

After 9/11 attacks, in North America, most of the people took Sikhs as followers of Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.


US Muslim body seeks probe on attack on Sikh

By Arun Kumar (18:17)

Washington, Dec 6, 2011: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has sought an FBI investigation of a possible bias motive for the stabbing of a Sikh man at Fresno Yosemite International Airport in California.

The Sikh man in his mid-50s was stabbed while waiting in a public area near the Transportation Security Administration terminal Sunday evening, a local newspaper reported citing Fresno Police.

The suspect, who was apprehended by police, is described as a 26-year-old white man. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries and then boarded his flight. Police say there were no words exchanged between the two men before the attack.

"We ask local law enforcement authorities and the FBI to probe a possible bias motive in this case," said Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Sacramento Valley office of CAIR.

"Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims."

He noted that a Hindu man was assaulted last month in San Jose, California, by a group of men who called him a "terrorist."