Tota Singh, Akali Dal Minister for NRI Affairs in the Punjab government allegedly had a shoe thrown at him. Following the incident, the police arrested two Singhs which were released later in the day.
Mr. Singh and other Shiromani Akali Dal leaders were scheduled to address a meeting at Richmond Hill in the Queens borough on Saturday.
However, hundreds of Sikhs protesting the visit and chanting slogans converged at the venue and allegedly surrounded the area, according to information provided by the rights group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).
The standoff between the Sikhs and Mr. Singh’s delegation continued for more than three hours and a heavy contingent of New York Police was summoned at the scene.
Police said two persons were arrested for obstructing governmental administration, unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct.
SFJ said the protesters pelted stones and hurled a shoe at Mr. Singh and other Akali leaders as they were whisked away from the venue amidst heavy police protection.
“The North American Sikh groups are opposing SAD (Badal) for their failure to convict Indian police officers, who were involved in extra judicial killings of thousands of innocent Sikhs during counter insurgency operations in early 1990s,” SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said in a statement.