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WSO Says Racist Letters To Indo-Canadian Businesses Unacceptable

Police Need To Out This RACIST And Charge Him With Hate Crime! Apology Not Acceptable!

Earlier, the Chilliwack RCMP had a made a statement that the unknown Racist with an email ID “goldenboynix” had apologized and said he sent the hateful emails while under stress and facing mental health issues. But police cannot take the apology seriously as the owners just see this as a ploy by the Racist to get out of facing serious charges. They need to track down this Racist and charge him with hate crime or they could have an even more serious incident on their hand as the individual can easily resort to violence!

By R. Paul Dhillon

SURREY – The World Sikh Organization of Canada expresses concern over recent racist emails sent to numerous Indo-Canadian businesses in Chilliwack, which include two Indian restaurants and one taxi business.

The emails read in part, “Chilliwack is not a place for you” and that Chillliwack doesn’t “need the folk from India and Surrey to pollute this city.” In addition, restaurant owner Sumit Gulati’s home has twice been the target of vandalism in recent months.

After complaints from the owners of the restaurants that police was doing little to investigate the matter – the Chilliwack RCMP finally announced that they are investigating the incidents as hate crime.

Earlier, they had a made a statement that the unknown Racist with an email ID “goldenboynix” had apologized and said he sent the hateful emails while under stress and facing mental health issues. But police cannot take the apology seriously as the owners just see this as a ploy by the Racist to get out of facing serious charges. They need to track down this Racist and charge him with hate crime or they could have an even more serious incident on their hand as the individual can easily resort to violence!

WSO British Columbia Vice President Gurdit Singh Rangi said, “this kind of racism is unacceptable in British Columbia or anywhere in Canada.  Chilliwack is a growing community with individuals of different cultures and faiths; these kinds of attitudes cannot be tolerated.”

WSO President Prem Singh Vinning said, “we’re glad to hear that the Chilliwack restaurant owners who were targeted have received widespread support from their local community. It’s important that all Canadians stand united against hatred.  We expect that the RCMP will fully investigate the emails and action will be taken against the writers.”

Police were notified of the racist email on February 28th by one of the owner of a local Indian cuisine restaurant.  The owner of this restaurant had also indicated to police that in the recent past he has had animal bones left at his front door and eggs thrown at his house.

Then on March 3, a second Indian cuisine restaurant owner called police, after learning about the first incident through the media, to advise they had also received a disturbing email .  Through investigation, police learned that the two email’s were identical and sent from the same email address on February 28th within a few minutes of each other.

On March 4, a third local Indo-Canadian business came forward to police, after learning about the other two incidents, and advised they had also received an email similar in nature.

“We haven’t discounted the fact these incidents may be motivated by hate,” says Corporal Tammy Hollingsworth.  “We are certainly looking at all aspects of the investigation in order to better determine what the motivation is and will pursue as necessary.

The Chilliwack RCMP maintain conduct of the investigation and are taking it very seriously.  The BC Hate Crimes Unit have been consulted and are assisting in the investigation.

“I’ve seen these kinds of acts before in Vancouver, Surrey, Delta and other communities since the 1980s,” says Charan Gill, CEO of PICS Society. “While individual racism has declined because of human right codes and raised awareness in the community about these issues, this incident is reflective of the systematic racism that still exists.”

In solidarity with Gulati and others who have experienced racism, PICS Society will be holding a peaceful rally at the Bay Leaf Restaurant on Sunday, March 10th, 2013 at 4:00pm located at 7084 Vedder Rd, Chilliwack.

If you have any information about these crimes or are the victim of a similar incident you are asked to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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