Replying to Amarinder Singh’s request seeking action over safety of Sikhs in the United States, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday took to Twitter and directed Indian Ambassador in the US, Navtej Singh Sarna to update the Punjab chief minister about the issues of safety and security of Indians there. Swaraj’s direction to Sarna came after the Punjab CM took to Twitter and requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swaraj to take up the issue of security concerns of Indians living in the US with President Donald Trump.
In her reply, Swaraj said, “I have asked Sardar Navtej Singh Sarna, Indian Ambassador in Washington, to update you on this.” Earlier, Singh said in a tweet, “Indians, Sikhs in US are not feeling safe, please take up their security with @realDonaldTrump on priority @narendramodi ji @SushmaSwaraj ji.”
Singh raised concern with the MEA and PM Modi after a spate of attacks took place against Indians in several parts of the US over the past three months. On June 4, a 26-year-old man from Telangana was shot at by an unidentified person in California and is reportedly still in a very critical condition.
Even in May, Singh had raised concerns with Swaraj after a young Sikh was killed in the US. Swaraj had then assured the Punjab CM to help and protect all Indian citizens, including Sikhs, living abroad.
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As per a PTI report, 32-year-old Jagjeet Singh, who was resident of Nadala village in Punjab, was stabbed to death by unidentified persons outside a grocery store at Modesto city in California on May 5. Jagjeet’s family had alleged that his murder was a hate crime as Jagjeet refused to give packet of cigarette to a US national as he did not produce the mandated identity proof for making the purchase.