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Press Release: 24 th Sept 2007, 10th Assu (Samvat 539 Nanakshahi )
Grand Jury Indicts Schoolboy on 9 charges for Forcibly Cutting Sikh Schoolboy's Hair in NY
Queens, New York – A Grand Jury filed an indictment today against Umair Ahmed, a 17 year old schoolboy, for forcibly cutting a 15 year old Sikh schoolboy's hair, accusing him of 9 charges, including coercion and menacing as a hate crime and false imprisonment.
Assistant District Attorney, Michael Brovner told UNITED SIKHS, “The indictment was filed today of all the original 5 charges and 4 additional charges as hate crimes. The defendant will be arraigned within the next few weeks.”
UNITED SIKHS legal advisor, Tejinder Singh said, “A Grand Jury of 16 people believed the Sikh schoolboy and indicted the defendant not only of the original charges but also of 4 new charges. This case will now proceed to trial. Cutting a Sikh's unshorn hair, his article of faith, is the most grievous assault that can be inflicted on him.”
At the request of the District Attorney's office, UNITED SIKHS had arranged for Dr Inder J Singh a, professor at
Umair Ahmed has been indicted with the following offences arising from the above-mentioned incident:
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