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Sikh man arrested, handcuffed in US for carrying kirpan

Harpreet Singh Khalsa was converted to Sikhism nine years ago

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

A 33-year-old Sikh convert was handcuffed and arrested in the US for carrying a kirpan after a customer at a grocery store called police. Harpreet Singh Khalsa, who was born as Justin Smith, has worn the ceremonial knife known as a kirpan every day since he converted to Sikhism nine years ago. Khalsa, who owns a catering business, was quoted by The Baltimore Sun as saying that he has been stopped multiple times by police, and was arrested again last week outside a grocery store in Catonsville, Maryland, after a customer called police. Khalsa said he explained to the officers that ...

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First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 15:37 IST
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