Police acknowledged Monday that they’re procuring for 2 males who beat a Sikh man and spray-painted a neo-Nazi image on his truck in what they’re calling a hate crime.

Surjit Malhi urged KOVR-TV that he modified into as soon as placing up campaign signs for native Republicans at evening when two males ambushed him, throwing sand in his eyes before beating him in the head, shoulders and neck on July 31 in Keyes, California, about ninety miles (a hundred forty 5 kilometers) east of San Francisco.

Malhi, 50, acknowledged the males screamed at him to “proceed wait on to your country” before spray-painting the same message and a white supremacist image on his truck. The males were wearing dark hoods and had blue eyes, he acknowledged.

“I’m American, a hundred%,” Malhi acknowledged. “Right here is my country. As soon as you are a precise American and you savor The US, you mustn’t enact that. That’s no longer the American draw.”

The image the males spray-painted on his truck is the white supremacist model of the Celtic Imperfect, in step with the Anti-Defamation League.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson urged The Modesto Bee that the assault is being investigated as a hate crime, asserting it modified into as soon as “a random imperfect prison act.”

Malhi acknowledged he believes the turban he modified into as soon as wearing saved his life during the assault in consequence of it softened the blows to his head.

“It be very provoking,” acknowledged Malhi, who acknowledged he has been experiencing complications and dizzy spells in consequence of the assault.

The Sikh Coalition reported an expand in violence and discrimination in opposition to Sikh Americans after the 9-Eleven, 2001, assaults, with better than 300 cases reported for the length of the U.S. in precisely one month.

In March, the collation acknowledged there has been one other “alarming latest spike” in hate crimes in opposition to Sikhs, with an estimated one per week in consequence of the starting of 2018.

In January, two males were sentenced to three years in detention center for the beating of a Sikh man in the San Francisco Bay Location. In March, a Sikh man in Seattle acknowledged a man shot him in the arm in his driveway after telling him to switch wait on to his country.

In 2012, a man shot and killed six Sikh worshippers and wounded Four others at a Sikh temple attain Milwaukee before killing himself.