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Sikh Priest In California a Victim of Hate Crime

MODESTO, CA- : The priest of a Gurdwara in California was allegedly assaulted on Thursday night in an apparent hate crime.

The priest, Amarjit Singh, told that an intruder, who broke open the window to enter his home inside the gurdwara campus, punched him, asked him to go back to his country and yelled obscenities at him.

Amarjit Singh is a priest at the Sikh Temple Modesto Ceres, around 100 miles (160 kilometres) east of San Francisco.

The miscreant, who was wearing a mask, allegedly punched the priest in the neck. He shouted at him, saying “country, country, country, go back, go back, country,” he told the daily. The attacker also yelled obscenities at him and had something in his hand to break the windows, he said.

Modesto City Councilman Mani Grewal, who is also a member of the gurdwara, described it as a hate crime.

The local police, which has started an investigation into the issue, said it was too early to conclude that this was a hate crime.