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Hate Crime suspects plead not guilty in the brutal attacks of elderly Sikh Man

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Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer asks for the public’s help to find alleged attackers on a Sikh man last December. Other law enforcement officials and Sikh leaders look on.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer asks for the public’s help to find alleged attackers on a Sikh man last December. Other law enforcement officials and Sikh leaders look on.

FRESNO, Calif. (Diya TV) — A Fresno man and a teenager pleaded not guilty Friday to felony assault charges and allegations of hate-crimes in connection with the brutal beating and running over of a 69-year-old Sikh man last December.

Alexis Mendoza, 17, of Fresno, is facing the more serious charges of the two. Police contend Mendoza was driving the car which ran over Amrik Singh Bal, who survived the Dec. 26 attack west of Highway 99. Mendoza pleaded not guilty to charges of assault likely to cause great bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon, a vehicle, a denied the hate-crime allegation.

If convicted, Mendoza faces up to 13 years in prison.

Daniel Coronel Wilson, 22, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault likely to produce great bodily injury, and also denied the hate-crime allegation. He faces up to eight years in prison if convicted of the charges.

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Brian Alvarez ordered Mendoza to be held at county juvenile justice center on $115,000 bond. He turns 18 on May 15, and is being tried as an adult because of the seriousness of the charges. Wilson is being held at the county jail on $35,000 bond.

Court records also indicate that Wilson had a previous conviction for possession of marijuana. Because juvenile records are sealed, it remains unknown whether Mendoza has a past criminal history.

Amrik Singh Bal, the 68-year-old Sikh man attacked by two men in Fresno last December.

Amrik Singh Bal, the 68-year-old Sikh man attacked by two men in Fresno last December.

At a press conference on Tuesday, police chief Jerry Dyer said the evidence indicates that both Mendoza and Wilson targeted Bal solely because of his traditional Sikh clothing and his turban. “I have no doubt in my mind that they intentionally struck him,” Dyer said.

According to Fresno Police, who were assisted by the FBI in their investigation of the alleged acts, Bal was standing outside around 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 26 waiting for a ride to work, when a black Dodge Challenger stopped beside him in the cold fog. The 17-year-old driver veered into Bal, police said, knocking him into the air and slamming him onto the pavement.

The private security camera of a nearby home captured the attack on video, police said.

Dyer said Bal remained unconscious laying on the pavement for about six minutes until friends arrived and rushed him to the hospital with serious injuries. He has since recovered.

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“Look at India. It’s filthy!” Trump exclaims during debate

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NASHVILLE (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Biden and President Trump held their second and final debate in Nashville. The tone of the event was markedly improved from the first debate, thanks largely because of a rule implemented that muted the microphone during dedicated speaking times. We’ll analyze the key moments, including when President Trump called China, India and Russia “filthy” when discussing climate change.

WATCH what the President said about India here:

President Trump claims “India is filthy!” at the Presidential Debate

The State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. and two of their former employees of discriminating against an Indian American Dalit engineer. No explanation was given, but state officials said they will refile the matter in state court.

Dr. Mukul Chandra, a prominent cardiologist in the Toledo, Ohio area, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 57. 

Dr. Chandra was the medical director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital and received a plasma donation as a possible remedy for the virus. And hundreds of people around the globe offered their help.

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Last Presidential 2020 Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Harris issue happy Navratri greetings

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris continue their efforts to court the Indian diaspora, as each issued Navratri greetings. Biden & his wife Jill sent their best wishes, tweeting “may good once again triumph over evil.” And Harris and her husband Doug added “may this holiday serve as an inspiration to…build a more inclusive and just America.”

But at the same time, Harris’ niece Meena deleted an image she posted of her auntie being depicted as Goddess Durga, which led to a petition asking her to apologize. Meena Harris is a lawyer, entrepreneur and daughter of Kamala Harris’ sister, Maya. The image she posted photoshopped Kamala Harris’ face onto Hindu Goddess Durga, showing Joe Biden as her lion and President Trump as a demon she slays.

The chances of finding Indian American professor Sam Dubal, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, appear to be waning. Dubal went on a backpacking trip near Mt. Rainier in Washington state and hasn’t been seen since. Authorities say cold and snowy weather is hampering their chances of finding the University of Washington professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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