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Sikh Federation UK shows concern over attack on Sikh family in Gujrat

October 11, 2013 | By

London, United Kingdom (October 10, 2013): The Sikh Federation (UK) has taken up the matter of the attack on a Sikh family at a farm in Gujarat with the UK Foreign Office and Indian High Commission in London.

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At least four members of a Sikh family were injured when they were attacked by a group of men at their farm in Loria village of Bhuj district in Gujarat yesterday. The injured — Amandeep Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Angrej Singh and Harpreet Singh were admitted to the General Hospital at Bhuj.

It has been reported that they were busy sowing fields when a group of around 30 men attacked them with sharp weapons. Some of the assailants also fired shots into the air. The assailants believed to belong to right wing Hindu groups told the victims to leave the farm.

India’s National Commission for Minorities member Ajaib Singh demanded immediate arrest of those involved in the attack and asked the Badal government to take up the issue with the Modi government. He claimed he had recently talked to Union Home Minister Suhsilkumar Shinde informing him about the threat to the lives of Sikh farmers in Gujarat. He said:

“It was a planned attack on a minority and the Central Government should act in this case”.

Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:

‘We have taken the matter up with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and asked for a meeting to discuss this and other matters. In addition, we have asked the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs, Fabian Hamilton MP to write to the Foreign Office as well as the Indian High Commission.’

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