Head of Sikh Community Lala Del Souz shot dead in Afghanistan due to issues related to Minority Community

The incident occurred at 9am in the Haji Gulistan Kochi Haman area of the city

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Afghanistan, Dec 29, 2016: The head of the Sikh community of the Kunduz city of Afghanistan, Lala Del Souz, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Thursday in Haji Gulistan Kochi Haman area of Kunduz.

These incidents targeted against the minority community have forced them to leave the country.

According to the PTI report, Souz, a naturopath, surrendered to his injuries on the way to the hospital.

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Masoum Stanikzai, Security Chief of Kunduz, confirmed the incident and told media that 3 suspects have been arrested. He said that investigation will continue.

Del Souz’s uncle said that his nephew had no enemies. Five years ago, Del Souz was shot, but he survived. He said that the few remaining Sikhs of the Kunduz province will leave the place if the responsible are not brought to justice.

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In October, another Sikh, Sardar Rawail Singh, was abducted from his house and gunned down in the Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan.

Del Souz’s killing has produced an outcry in the social media. Hundreds of people have condemned the incident and many have sent condolences to his family.

After the collapse of Kunduz province to the Taliban, many Sikhs have left the area. Del Souz had moved his family to India. He was staying in a Dharamshala with his Uncle.

Once, there were about 40 Sikh families in the Kunduz province. Now, only 3 families live there.

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According to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, after Taliban launched an offensive to take over the region in October, more than 30,000 civilians have left the Kunduz province.

According to PTI, about 99 percent of Hindus and Sikhs have left Afghanistan in the past three decades. In the 1980s, the population of Hindus and Sikhs was numbered 220,000. Now, only 1,350 Hindus and Sikhs are left.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53