Elderly Sikh Man Beaten to Death in Gurdwara

December 31, 2003

Source: BBC News


On December 31, 2003 the BBC News reported, "The intruders who beat an elderly Sikh man to death at a Wolverhampton temple on Christmas Eve may have walked straight into the building which remains open around the clock, police said. Sohan Singh, a 78-year-old temple volunteer, regularly stayed overnight to prepare the religion's holy books for early prayer sessions. It was while he was at the Guru Nanak Satsang Temple, in Cannock Road, at about 0300 GMT on Christmas Eve that he was attacked by an unknown number of intruders. His attackers beat him about the head and left him for dead, escaping with just £60 in cash and other temple property. He died in New Cross Hospital early on Tuesday morning. West Midlands Police said the intruders may have taken advantage of the fact that the temple is open 24 hours a day and acts as a focal point for the community."