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Elderly Sikh Sevadar Bhai Piara Singh Attacked Outside of Gurudwara Nanaksar in Fresno California, USA. He's Currently Critical with serious injuries to

the head and ribs, the suspect has been arrested by Police and being charged as hate crime among other charges.

Let's All Pray He Recovers.

Message From the GrandDaughter

"Yesterday morning while leaving the Nanaksar Sikh Temple for a morning walk, my 81 year old grandfather was brutally attack by an unknown man

using a metal rod. He is currently in critical condition at a local Fresno hospital suffering from blunt head trauma, broken jaw and ribs and

punctured lung. The man suspected of this unthinkable act is currently in police custody. While being arrested he was reported yelling things such

as "I hate these people..." "I hate this church.." "They should all be blown up.." This crime is being investigated by the Fresno PD and now the FBI

as a hate crime.

Tomorrow evening, May 7th at 6pm there will be a meeting held at the Nanak Sar Gurdwara 3038 S Cherry Ave Fresno Ca 93706

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Homeless U.S. man unfit to undergo trial for attacking elderly Sikh with steel rod: court


Washington – A US court’s ruling that a homeless man is legally incompetent to stand trial for attacking a 82-year-old Sikh man with a steel rod outside a Sikh Temple in central California has shocked the community.

Gilbert Garcia Jr., 29, accused of attacking Piara Singh outside the Nanaksar Sikh Temple in southwest Fresno on May 5 in what the prosecutors have called a hate crime was ruled unfit for trial by a Fresno County Superior Court judge Monday,

According to local Fresno Bee newspaper Judge Alvin Harrell III decided Garcia, accused of attempted murder and elder abuse, was incompetent to stand trial after reading reports from three doctors who examined the defendant.

Harrell then scheduled a Nov 19 hearing to determine where to send Garcia for treatment. Until the placement decision is made, Garcia will be held in the county jail.

The Bee citing Fresno police said Singh was approached by a bicyclist at Cherry and North avenues just after 7 am May 5. Without saying a word, the attacker beat Singh in the head and body with a rod. Singh’s injuries included broken ribs and head wounds.

Members of the Sikh community are frustrated with the court ruling local TV station KFSN reported.

“We just want justice served in this particular case. I hope he’s not just skirting around the system,” Paul Sihota, a community member was quoted as saying.

“It’s a sad day,” he added. “Hopefully there’s another go around where it can be determined and he can be tried for the crime he did.”

When arrested Garcia “said many bad derogatory things about Sikhs. How Sikhs are terrorists and he was going to destroy the Sikhs, going to destroy the Sikh temples and mosques and what not”, community activist Ike Grewal was quoted as saying.

“Sikh’s wearing turbans, we are not terrorists, and we are not Taliban. We’re peace-loving citizens of America,” he said.

They are looking forward to increasing awareness of the Sikh community and getting to know those around them. Last year, the California state legislature designated November as “Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month”.

This year, local leaders are encouraging everyone to get involved by taking part in a community event like the 5k run sponsored by the Sikh Women’s Alliance scheduled for Nov 10, KFSN reported.


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This man's hatred made him blind, as he failed to see and realize that the Gurdwara provides free food & shelter for all who visit, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, religion, financial status, social status, political status, etc.

Seeing that he himself is homeless, he really made a poor choice of attacking an innocent elderly man instead of accompanying him inside the Gurdwara and having a nice meal (free of cost). The only expense he would have had to pay was that of having to sell his ego and hatred for open-mindedness and unconditional love. Seems like that cost was too much for him to pay.

On a side note, it is ridiculous how the "system" let him get off so easily. He clearly planned out the attack, as he knew the location and appearance of the "type of people" who he wanted to attack. Also, he had a metal pipe, taking into account that he's homeless, the pipe is something that he would have had to go around the streets and find specially for the attack.

I agree that hatred is a mental disease which needs treatment, however he did not just say mean things and left it a mental matter. He made it into a physical matter by almost killing an innocent, defenseless senior, ON PURPOSE. This is not excusable, and he should have to appear before prosecution and Judge/Jury and reap the consequences of his actions.

This is a dangerous precedent to be setting at the expense of (visible and vulnerable minority) victim's right to justice.

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