The City Sikhs Network is shocked to hear of the senseless attack on 25 year old dentist Sarandev Bhambra in a Tesco supermarket in Mold, North Wales, on 14th January 2015. Sarandev is still recovering in hospital with life-changing injuries and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.
The full circumstances of the attack, which was unprovoked and appears to have been racially motivated, are still unknown and there have been conflicting reports as to the background of the attacker. The tragic incident comes in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.
At this time, we would ask for people not to speculate on social media as to why the attacker did as he did. The suspect has been arrested and the date for his trial is provisionally set for June. Any speculation may have an impact upon the criminal proceedings and may even damage the chances of justice being carried out.
Last night (22nd January 2015) saw an anti-racism event take place in Mold which was attended by over 100 locals. This show of unity by a small town in Flintshire should serve to remind us all that such actions are only ever the actions of a minority, and British Sikhs should continue to stand proud and unafraid as a community.
If any Sikhs in the UK have concerns about their own safety, they are advised to contact their local Police force by phoning the non-emergency number 101.
For more information about the City Sikhs Network, please visit www.citysikhs.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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