Parminder S Aujla
SACRAMENTO(TIP): The Sutter County police arrested Jasbir Singh and his son, Gagandeep Singh on September 12, in connection with assault on Akali Dal leader Manjit Singh GK in a Yuba City Sikh Temple on August 25.
Manjit Singh GK was attacked amid chants of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ by pro-Khalistan supporters in Yuba City in Northern California on August 25 where he had gone to pay obeisance to the Sikh Guru Granth Sahib.
Releasing a statement immediately after the incident, Manjit Singh GK said,” I had come to Yuba city Gurudwara with other devotees. We had come here to pay our obeisance. Around 20-25 men entered the Gurudwara premises and attacked me. Considering the situation and respecting the sanctity of the Gurudwara I told my supporter to not react to such elements. Despite the brutality with which they have attacked me, I am absolutely fine”.
Earlier in August, Manjit Singh GK was attacked by a group of Khalistan supporters. The first incident took place in New York where he and his family members were attacked. Minutes after the incident, Manjit Singh posted the video of the incident which took place when he had come out of a TV studio after participating in a debate.
“A group of people attacked me and my relatives in New York. This will not scare me away from my path to serve the community. I have fought, and I will fight till my last breath. Such cowardly incidents do not scare me,” Manjit Singh tweeted.
Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has alleged that the men who were behind the attacks have links with Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI. She also added that these attackers enjoy the support of senior Congress leader and the accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, Jagdish Tytler.
“Heads of ‘Sikhs for Justice’ who are direct beneficiaries of ISI, and who work on their orders and are supported by those who are in direct touch with the likes of Jagdish Tytler, and Jasbir Singh and his son Gagandeep Singh, were seen attacking him (Manjit Singh GK). Jasbir Singh is the same person who has spent three months in jail for trying to intimidate an eyewitness against Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 massacre”, she said.
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