|28 June 2005||Harh 14, 537 Nanakshahi|
Richmond Hill, New York - The NYPD have made an arrest in the Davinder Singh case, bringing it one step closer to final justice. As reported earlier, 15-year-old Davinder Singh of Bayside High School was called a "terrorist" by Mr. Donald Wiggins, the father of one of Davinder's classmates, who also made threats against Singh and his family's life before physically assaulting him (details of the case may be found in a previous Community Voice). Earlier the NYPD 111th precinct captain, Mr. Pilkington had closed the case because there was "not enough evidence". But after UNITED SIKHS intervention, the case was reopened and Mr.Wiggins was arrested today on charges of 'Assault in the Third Degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Harassment in the Second Degree'.
UNITED SIKHS Program Officer, Arvind Kaur, had previously met with school officials and Davinder Singh's family to ensure his safety at school, and then pursued the criminal case against Mr. Wiggins regarding the assault. "This will bring us one step closer to closure of this case, and will allow Davinder Singh to continue his normal life putting this terrible incident behind him", said UNITED SIKHS' International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy Program Coordinator, Manvinder Singh, after hearing of Wiggins' arrest. UNITED SIKHS wishes to thank the NYPD, especially Detective Gilbert, for his cooperation in the case and hopes that the NYPD will continue its efforts to curb the hate crimes that are occurring against members of the Sikh community. UNITED SIKHS would also like to thank Baldev Singh Garewal, Editor of Sher-e-Panjab, who informed us of the case, the family of Davinder Singh, Captain Thomas Pilkington of 111th Precinct, and Mr. Matt Simeone, Community Affairs, Nassau County and the District Attorney's office, for assisting us in this endeavor to deliver justice.
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