External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to help and protect all Indian citizens, including Sikhs, living abroad. Sushma’s assurance came after Amarinder tweeted to seek her help in protecting the Sikhs living abroad after a Sikh youth was killed in the United States.The Punjab Chief Minister on Sunday afternoon tweeted: “@SushmaSwaraj Another Sikh youth killed in suspected hate crime in US, seek your help to protect Sikhs living abroad (sic).”
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The External Affairs Minister also responded on Twitter: “I have spoken to our Ambassador Mr.Navtej S.Sarna @IndianEmbassyUS. We are committed to help and protect all Indian citizens abroad (sic).” Thirty two-year-old Jagjeet Singh, a resident of Nadala village in Punjab, was stabbed to death by unidentified persons outside a grocery store at Modesto city in California on Friday.
The family of Jagjeet alleged that his murder was a hate crime as Jagjeet had refused to give a US national a pack of cigarette as the American didn’t produce the mandated identity card for making the purchase.