Sikh man attacked in Karnataka for wearing Kirpan, 6 arrested
In a shocking incident, a 25 year old Sikh man from Amritsar was attacked by a mob in Karnataka on 19 May. Six people have been arrested by the Karnataka Police, officials said.
Avtar Singh finished his job and was going to an ATM when a mob of local Hindu residents stopped him. Being an Amritdhari Sikh, Avtar Singh was wearing a kirpan to which mob objected.
“I told them that this was a Kirpan and every Amritdhari Sikh wears it but they insisted that I must remove the Kirpan”, Avtar said. “As I was also wearing a small Kirpan underneath my shirt I removed the Kirpan and I was once allowed to go,” he added.
He was severly beaten up and his Kankars were removed too by the mob.
“I was kept confined in the Panchayat Ghar of Kodla and the mob broke a bone of my feet. I have received injuried on my face, head and other body parts. They cut my hair also,” Singh said.