Anshdeep Singh Bhatia has become the first turbaned Sikh to be inducted into the United States presidential security team, reported the Hindustan Times on Wednesday. Bhatia, 28, was drafted into President Donald Trump’s security team last week.
Bhatia was born in Ludhiana, where his family moved from Kanpur after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. His uncle and another relative were killed in mob attacks and his father, Devendra Singh, received three bullet wounds and was injured.
Bhatia’s parents moved to the United States in 2000, when he was 10 years old.
Bhatia was earlier told that he could not be a part of the presidential security team unless he “changed his looks”. However, he moved court, which ruled in his favour.