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Hate Crime Reward up to $3,000 from CAIR-SFBA, HAF, and SABA-NC & Councilmember Rose Herrera’s Office

South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
In An Unprecedented Effort CAIR-SFBA, HAF and SABA-NC Have Joined Councilmember Rose Herrera’s Office to Offer a $3,000 Reward for Tips Resulting In the Arrest of Hate Crime Assailants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Jose, CA (2/23/12) – The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) today offered a $2000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individuals who attacked a Hindu American man on November 21, 2011 at approximately 9:00 pm in the parking lot of a Lucky’s grocery store located at 3270 South White Road in San Jose, California.

The victim, Atul Lall, was backing out of a parking space when three men surrounded his car, opened his door and began to beat him and hit him with a tequila bottle. The perpetrators called him a terrorist, spit on him and doused him with alcohol. Lall lost several teeth in the attack, was briefly hospitalized, and has had a number of jaw surgeries. Earlier this month, San Jose Councilmember Rose Hererra offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The San Jose Police Department is continuing to investigate the attack as a hate crime. Chief Chris Moore asked for the public’s help to identify suspects. Detectives have described one of the suspects as 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9, with a medium build at about 200 pounds, wearing eyeglasses, with some facial hair under his chin and short dark hair.

“We offer our condolences and support to all victims of hate crimes,” said CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo. “We will offer a joint reward of $2000 with HAF and SABA-NC to anybody who comes forward with information that leads to the arrest of the perpetrators.”

Shaamini Babu, Co-President of SABA-NC, commented “We have been working closely with Mr. Lall and echo his concerns about the need to find and convict the attackers not only for the purpose of punishing them for this crime but also to ensure that those three men do not similarly victimize other innocent community members.”

“These types of attacks must be condemned by all Americans,” added Samir Kalra, Esq., HAF’s Director and Senior Fellow for Human Rights. “We must send a strong message that such hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated in our society.”

“An attack against one of us is an attack against all of us,” stated Councilmember Rose Herrera. “I am extremely thankful to CAIR-SFBA, HAF and SABA-NC for joining forces with me to offer a growing reward fund – now at $3,000!”

If you witnessed this incident, please contact Detective Michael Villanueva at the San José Police Department’s Assaults Unit at (408) 277-4161. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP (7867), or may visit: svcrimestoppers.org. Any information could be crucial to solving this crime.

Anyone interested in assisting the victim with his ongoing medical expenses may donate to the “Atul Lall Fund” at Wells Fargo Bank.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

HAF is an advocacy group providing a progressive Hindu American voice. The Foundation interacts with and educates leaders in public policy, academia, media, and the public at large about Hinduism and global issues concerning Hindus, such as religious liberty, the misportrayal of Hinduism, hate speech, hate crimes, and human rights.

SABA-NC seeks to ensure that South Asian attorneys have an avenue to develop professionally, network among peers, and volunteer within the South Asian community. SABA-NC also seeks to protect the rights of South Asians in the Bay Area and to educate the public on issues facing the South Asian community.

CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo, 626-252-0885, zbilloo@cair.com; HAF Director Samir Kalra, 408-464-8715, samir@hafsite.org; SABA-NC Co-President Shaamini Babu, 415-321-2406, president@southasianbar.org.