Sikh Militants Kill Hindu Professor
NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ Sikh radicals gunned down a Hindu college professor today in the Punjab city of Jalandhar, triggering an immediate strike by thousands of students, the United News of India reported.
S.K. Sehgal, 42, a science lecturer in the Dayanand Anglo Vedic College, was going to the campus on a motor scooter when militants opened fire, killing him instantly, the news agency said.
The ″Khalistan Commando Force,″ the largest underground Sikh terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the killing in a statement issued in Jalandhar. Khalistan is the name Sikh extremists give to their envisioned separate state.
UNI quoted the statement as saying Sehgal was killed for ″discriminating against Sikh youths″ and warning that more people would be killed if the alleged discrimination continued.
The statement charged that more than 300 Sikh students were expelled from the college, but UNI quoted college authorities as denying the allegation.
It said about 15 Sikh students were denied admission to the college because of their disruptive activities in the campus.
Thousands of students in different colleges in Jalandhar went on strike to protest Sehgal’s killing, UNI said. Jalandhar is an industrial city 230 miles northwest of New Delhi.
The latest killing raised this year’s death toll to at least 151 in Punjab from attacks blamed on militants fighting for a separate Sikh nation. More than 700 people died in such attacks in the northern state last year.