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Activists Are Fighting For This Sikh Man After His Hair Was Allegedly Cut By Attackers

The attackers allegedly yelled, "Cut his fucking hair" before proceeding to assault him and cutting a fistful of his hair.

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On September 25, 41-year-old Sikh-American Maan Singh Khalsa was allegedly assaulted and had his hair cut by two white men in their "20s to 30s”.

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Khalsa is an IT specialist living in in Richmond, California. The alleged assault occurred at a red light as he was driving home from work.

Following this incident, Sikh civil rights organisation Sikh Coalition wrote a letter to the Richmond Police Department and the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office on behalf of Khalsa urging them to consider this a hate crime.

The coalition's Facebook post about the assault has now been shared over 2,400 times.

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A California congressman Mark DeSaulnier also tweeted condemning the attack.

The diversity of our community is something to be celebrated. Acts of hate will not be tolerated. https://t.co/G5sSzEXFCe

A spokesperson for the Sikh Coalition told BuzzFeed that they strongly believe that Khalsa's assault was due to him being Sikh.

"There has been a universal condemnation of the attack. We have conveyed to law enforcement our belief that the attack was bias-based, which they are investigating further. The District Attorney's Office has responded to our letter and is reviewing the case," Sikh Coalition legal director Harsimran Kaur told BuzzFeed.

On October 10, two men were arrested on felony assault charges with regards to the case.

Contact Sonia Mariam Thomas at Sonia.thomas@buzzfeed.com.

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