Washington: Updated Sep 13, 2018
An Indian-origin Sikh police officer in the United States, Anshdeep Singh Bhatia, became the first Sikh cop with a turban to be included in US President Donald Trump’s security detail. Ludhiana-born Bhatia was inducted last week after completing a gruelling training.
Anshdeep’s family emigrated to the United States during the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots from Kanpur when he was 10-years-old. According to reports, he lost his uncle and a close relative after a mob stormed their house in Kanpur’s KDA Colony at a time when his aunt was about to get married the following week and the family was busy preparing for the wedding. His father was also injured in the attack and got three bullet wounds.
“Ludhiana-born Anshdeep Singh Bhatia refused to change his ‘looks’ & went to court against this rider. Sikh Sangat is proud as he now becomes the first turbaned Sikh to be inducted into US President’s security detail,” Tweeted Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of State with Independent Charge in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
It was Anshdeep’s dream to be a part of POTUS’ (President of the United States) security detail but was told he would have to change his looks. He moved to the court which ruled in his favour.( Times Now )