February 8, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: As per the media reports emanating from US a gas station owned by a Sikh in Kentucky state has been vandalized by a masked man with racist slurs and vulgar phrases in what it seems to be a racist attack.
The station in Greenup County was hit by vandals last week, sending shock waves among community members. The vandals spray-painted vulgar phrases and symbols such as “white power, swastikas, and language too vulgar to air”, notes a local WSAZ TV in its report.
Footage captured by one of the security cameras was aired by the media outlets in which a man wearing a ski mask approaching the store just after 11:30 pm.
Store owner Gary Singh said that he was shocked by the incident. “I was really nervous about that. It happened to me for the first time in this store in four years. I’ve never done wrong to the community here. I try to help the community all the time,” he reportedly said.
Further it was reported by the local media outlet Daily Mail, that there were profanity, and other crudely lettered markings on the store that appear to say “leave”.
The Kentucky State Police said they were investigating the case as criminal mischief but they do plan on working with county prosecutors to discuss a hate crime charge on those responsible, notes The Tribune (TT).