06032017-TT-01.qxd 3/5/2017 10:27 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, march 6, 2017 haryana edition chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 64 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd SikhshotatinUS‘hatecrime’ Cop loses life in J&K encounter Assailant yells ‘go back to your country’; third incident in 10 days Constable Mazoor Ahmed Niak (inset) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police died while trying to flush out militants holed up in a house at Tral in Pulwama district on Sunday. The 33-year-old, who was soon to be a father, died in his second attempt after miraculously escaping a volley of fire from hiding militants the first time round. PTI NewYork, March 5 A 39-year-old Sikh man was injured when a masked gunman opened fire at him in front of his house in US’ Washington state after telling him “go back to your own country”. This is the third incident involving Indian victims in the past 10 days. The Sikh man, identified as US national Deep Rai, was working on his vehicle outside his home in Kent on Friday when a stranger, described as a white male, walked up to him. Kent police said an argument broke out between the two, with Rai claiming the suspect made statements like “go back to your own country”. The unidentified man then shot him in the arm. In a series of tweets, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said: “I am sorry to know about the attack on Deep Rai, a US national of RECENT ATTACKS ■ February 22: Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, killed when 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani, yelling ‘get out of my country’ ■ March 2: Indian-origin convenience store owner Harnish Patel, 43, of Lancaster in South Carolina found dead with gunshot wounds in his yard. Police, Kent police chief Ken Thomas however, say his Indian ethnicity may not be a factor briefs media. COURTESY: TWITTER Indian-origin. I have spoken to Sardar Harpal Singh, father of the victim.” “He told me that his son had a bullet injury in his arm. He is out of danger and is recovering in a private hospital.” MaryKay L Carlson, Charge d’Affaires, American Embassy in New Delhi, said she was “saddened” by the shooting. “Wishes for quick and full recovery. As @POTUS said we condemn ‘hate and evil in all its forms’,” she tweeted. The victim described the shooter as a six-foot-tall white man, wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face. The Kent police are looking for the gunman. Kent police chief Ken Thomas said while the Sikh man sustained “non lifethreatening injuries”, they were treating this as a “very serious incident”. Rai is able to talk, an Indian government official said. The official said the government was ready to offer all possible assistance to him. Authorities are investigating the shooting as a suspected hate crime, according to the Seattle Times. India’s Consulate in San Francisco is in touch with local authorities who are ascertaining the nature of the crime. The Kent police have launched an investigation into the case and have reached out to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. “We’re early on in our investigation,” Thomas said. The National Sikh Campaign, a rights group, said “the community must get organised and proactively fight hate by reaching out to our fellow Americans”. — Agencies BJPmakesitprestigebattleinVaranasi Seeking reforms, farmers from 20 states join hands Centre likely to hike DA by 2% from January 1 China sets growth target at 6.5%, lowest in 25 years Campaigning for final phase of UP Assembly elections ends today Kurukshetra: Farmer leaders from 20 states on Sunday resolved to bring their organisations under one umbrella front to press the Centre for reforms. At a meeting held at Jat Dharamshala under the aegis of Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh here, they asked the government to implement the core recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee ensuring profitable pricing of crops. They decided to launch a protest on January 23 in support of their demands. TNS New Delhi: The Centre is likely to hike the dearness allowance by 2 per cent to 4 per cent for its about 50 lakh employees and 58 lakh pensioners later this month. Dearness allowance and dearness relief are provided to employees and pensioners to neutralise the impact of inflation on their earnings. The labour unions, however, are not happy with the proposed hike saying it would not be able to offset the real impact of price rise. PTI Beijing: Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday slashed China’s GDP target to a 25-year low and omitted customary mention of defence allocation as parliament started annual meet hailing “core leader” status of President Xi Jinping. Li, the second-ranked member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the ruling Communist Party of China, set the GDP growth target around 6.5 per cent for this year, down from last year’s 6.7 per cent, indicating the continuing slowdown. PAGE 13 ❝ The PrimetoMinister is ato thug, who lied the people Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Lucknow, March 5 With Prime Minister Narendra Modi camping in his parliamentary constituency and BJP president Amit Shah and 17 Cabinet Ministers in and out of Varanasi these past few days, campaigning for the final phase of polling (March 8) has reached its peak in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh. The BJP seems desperate to retain Varanasi. During the past two days, Modi has held two roadshows in Varanasi. After the Congress complaint to the Election Commission on the first one being held without permission, the BJP clarified it was not a roadshow form government. Beware of him. Mulayam S Yadav, SP LEADER <
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