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By NewsGram Staff Writer

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Chicago: Teen responsible for racially motivated assault on a Sikh-American last week, has been charged with hate crime in addition to previous felony charges.

According to a media report, the teen would be charged for one count of hate crime and a Class four felony for hitting Inderjeet Singh Mukker.

The Sikh Coalition, an organisation that works for civil and human rights for all people, provided “additional evidence and information that showed hatred to be the primary motivation behind the crime” in a two-hour meeting on Monday.

Sikh coalition’s legal director, Harsimran Kaur, was quoted as saying, “For the Sikh-American community, a formal hate crime charge was never about a harsher penalty, but instead prosecuting the crime for what it was.”

“We cannot combat the problem of hatred against minority communities in America unless our elected officials and government agencies acknowledge that the problem exists,” she said.

On September 9, the teen punched and dubbed 53-year-old Mukker “Terrorist!” and “Bin Laden!” while he was on his way to a grocery store. He was later taken to a hospital and was treated for a fractured cheekbone, bruising and blood loss.

The police later arrested the teenager, believed to be 17 years of age, who was not named in the statement.

The state’s attorney’s office said the teenager resisted and punched a police officer when the police tried to arrest him from his house.

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Kansas Man Charged with Hate Crime for Shooting 2 Indian Men in US

A U.S. grand jury indicted Adam Purinton, 52, on charges of killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding Alok Madasani, both 32, because of their race, color, religion and national origin

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A grand jury charged Adam Purinton with federal hate crime and firearms counts in a shooting in a suburban Kansas City bar. VOA
  • Adam Purinton, 52 is guilty of charges of killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding Alok Madasani because of their race, color, religion and national origin
  • The shootings also injured an American, Ian Grillot, 24, who tried to intervene.
  • If convicted, Purinton could face capital punishment or life in prison

US, June 10, 2017: A Kansas man, accused of shouting “get out of my country” as he shot dead one Indian man and injured another at a bar, faces federal hate crime and firearms charges, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

A U.S. grand jury indicted Adam Purinton, 52, on charges of killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding Alok Madasani, both 32, because of their race, color, religion and national origin.

Purinton was also charged with a federal firearms violation in February 22 incident at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, a Kansas City suburb. The shootings also injured an American, Ian Grillot, 24, who tried to intervene.

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“The indictment alleges that Purinton committed the offenses after substantial planning and premeditation, attempted to kill more than one person in a single criminal episode, and knowingly created a grave risk of death to others on the scene,” the Justice Department said in a news release.

An attorney for Purinton could not immediately be reached for comment. He also faces state murder and attempted murder charges.

Local media reported at the time that Purinton thought he had killed two Iranian men.

Purinton’s indictment comes amid growing concern about a wave of hateful actions across the United States aimed at blacks, Jews, Muslims and other groups targeted by inflammatory rhetoric that gained prominence during the 2016 presidential election.

If convicted, Purinton could face capital punishment or life in prison. Justice officials said they had not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty. (VOA)

 

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