“The Sikh Community condemns this disgusting attack motivated by ignorance and hate,” Sikh Temple spokesman Darshan Singh Mundy, said in a written statement announcing the reward. “In light of the recent murders of two Sikhs in Elk Grove and the hate crime conviction in Yolo County (of two men who attacked a Sikh taxi driver), we are especially sensitive to such crimes. We hope that our reward will help bring these criminals to justice.”
— The Gurdwara in West Sacramento, California is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man responsible for attacking a gay man outside an Elk Grove, California bowling alley. It is unclear whether this was a hate-motivated crime.
The Gurdwara has clearly felt moved to help bring possible hate-motivated attackers to justice.
Last March, Elk Grove was the site of the tragic murder of two elderly Sikhs – Surinder Singh and Gurmej Atwal – in a suspected hate crime. The murder of the two men who were simply out on a daily walk has yet to be solved. The city was also recently the site of the unsolved murder of Balbir Singh Dhami, although his is not believed to be a hate-motivated crime.
Read the full story about the Gurdwara’s reward announcement at the Sacramento Bee.
UPDATE (June 14, 2011 10:20 PM): A suspect – 30-year-old Joel Olivarez has been arrested for aggravated assault. Police have categorized the attack as a hate crime.