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Sacramento, California Gurdwara contributes reward in search of attacker of gay man

“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.

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