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Sikh student attacked while going home from school in BC Transit

BY Connect News, Sep 14, 2023 5:18 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

This is the second attack on a Sikh student in Kelowna this year. (Photo: BC Transit FB Page)

A case of assault on a 17-year-old Sikh student has come to light in Kelowna on Monday.

The incident occurred when the student was pepper-sprayed while returning home from school on a BC Transit bus.

The attack is said to have happened at a bus stop at the intersection of Rutland Road and Robson Road in Okanagan City around 4 p.m.

Police said that the student was attacked by another teenager after an argument in the bus.

The teenage suspect has been identified.

The World Sikh Organization of Canada has issued a statement condemning the attack.

The organization said the victim had just arrived in Canada and was now afraid to travel by bus.

In a statement, a BC Transit spokesperson expressed their condolences to the victim and said they are cooperating with the RCMP investigation.

They said they take reports of illegal behavior very seriously and work closely with the police to follow the legal process for complaints.

It may be mentioned that in the month of March, Sikh international student Gagandeep Singh was also attacked after getting off the BC Transit bus in Kelowna area.

This is the second attack on a Sikh student in Kelowna this year.

The World Sikh Organization of Canada has demanded a thorough investigation into the incident and bring the attackers to justice and also investigate why the driver did nothing to stop the attack.

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