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Volunteer Satnam Singh murdered in Derby

Volunteer Satnam Singh murdered in Derby

Volunteer Satnam Singh murdered in Derby
Satnam Singh was a volunteer who helped set up the National Sikh Heritage Centre in Derby
Incident Details

Jul 23, 2015


United Kingdom

A 74-year-old Sikh volunteer who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Derby was "an uplifting" community leader, his friends and family say.

Satnam Singh was found injured on Friday morning near the Sikh temple where he worked as a volunteer.

Detectives are trying to trace a dark hatchback car seen in the area.

Gurpal Singh of the National Sikh Heritage Centre said: "He could change the atmosphere just by walking into a room."

He said Mr Singh, who helped establish the Sikh heritage centre at the Sri Guru Singh Sabha temple in Derby, was always the first to arrive in the morning.

He was a devoted volunteer who was "close to the gates that day when they found him and he had his donation in his hand".

He said: "He was the first one to come to the Gudhwara (temple) every day, seven days a week, at 4.30am - every morning without fail, rain or shine, he would be there.

"He was well-loved - everyone knew him well and called him grandad or baba-ji."

Mr Singh was taken to Royal Derby Hospital where he later died.

Mr Singh's nephew, Bill Johal, said: "My uncle was a very good man. He was a caring, considerate and happy family man."

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from head and chest injuries "consistent with being hit by a vehicle", Derbyshire Police said.

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