Chandigarh, October 8
At least four members of a Sikh family were injured when they were attacked by a group of men at their farm in Loria village of Bhuj district in Gujarat early this morning, reports reaching here said. The injured — Amandeep Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Angrej Singh and Harpreet Singh — have been admitted to the General Hospital at Bhuj.
Amandeep Singh told The Tribune over the phone that they were busy sowing fields when a group of around 30 men attacked them with sharp weapons. Some of the assailants allegedly fired shots into the air.
The assailants, alleged supporters of a political party, told the victims to leave the farm, claimed Amandeep.
“We reasoned with them that the land was allotted to us in 1960s, but they ignored our pleas and assaulted us,” he said.
National Commission for Minorities member Ajaib Singh demanded immediate arrest of those involved in the attack and asked the Badal government to take up the issue with the Modi government.
He claimed he had recently talked to Union Home Minister Suhsilkumar Shinde informing him about the threat to the lives of Sikh farmers in Gujarat.
“It was a planned attack on a minority and the Central Government should act in this case,” he said.
Source: Sarbjit Dhaliwal/TNS