Toronto: In a hate attack in Canada’s British Columbia province, a 21-year-old Sikh student was attacked by some unidentified men, stripped of his turban and dragged by his hair to the side of the road. This information was given in media reports. According to reports, Gagandeep Singh was attacked on Friday night when he was returning home. Counselor Mohini Singh said that she came to know about the attack soon after and went to meet Gagandeep. He said, ‘I was surprised to see him. He could not even open his mouth.” Singh said that Gagandeep’s eyes were swollen and he was in a lot of pain.
The counselor told that Gagandeep was going home after grocery shopping at around 10.30 pm when he encountered 12-15 youths in the bus. He said that they started harassing him and threw a ‘wig’ towards him. The student told them not to disturb him, else he would call the police. However, they did not stop and kept harassing him.” After this, Gagandeep got down from the bus. He said, “They also got down behind him and waited for the bus to leave. After that they attacked him, hit him on the face, stomach, hands and feet… took off his turban and dragged it by the hair and threw it on the dirty snow by the roadside.” The attackers took his turban with them. .
Gagandeep called a friend after regaining consciousness. Mohini Singh said that Gagandeep’s friends and international fellow students are very upset and scared of the attack. A meeting was held at the bus stop on Sunday in which they shared their security issues with each other. Singh said that Gagandeep being a Sikh and an Indian was definitely the reason for the attack on him. The Kelowna Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed in a statement that they are investigating the matter. Constable Mike Della-Pauler said, “The Kelowna RCMP is taking this very seriously and is concerned about crimes like this happening in the city.”
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