New York, Could 4
A Sikh man was attacked with a hammer by a Black assailant who shouted at him “I do not such as you” and “You are not the identical pores and skin” at a lodge in Brooklyn right here, prompting a outstanding New-York based mostly advocacy group to name on investigators to look at if the assault was a hate crime incident.
Sumit Ahluwalia, 32, of Astoria has mentioned his assailant was fuelled by racial hatred, in response to a report on New York Every day Information web site.
Ahluwalia mentioned the person, a Black, assaulted him on April 26 at his office, the High quality Inn in Brownsville. He mentioned the person got here into the foyer of the lodge at round 8 am and began shouting whereas the entrance desk woman requested him if he wanted assist.
Ahluwalia stepped into the foyer to talk with the person and to hunt the lodge safety guard. At that time, the assailant “began operating in direction of me, very quick, and he put his hand within the pocket — I believed, ‘He is pulling out a gun”’, the report mentioned.
Pleading with the person, the sufferer mentioned, “What occurred? You are my brother.” The attacker responded “You are not the identical pores and skin,” Ahluwalia mentioned, including that the person then “banged on my head with the hammer so exhausting.” The assailant then screamed, “I do not such as you,” and ran away, in response to the report.
It mentioned the sufferer “could not really feel what occurred with me” and was ultimately taken to an emergency room.
“I could not sleep. I had a giant bump on my head. I might fall — feeling dizziness, and the following morning I went to the physician,” he mentioned, including that 5 days later, he was nonetheless feeling anxious and fearful.
“I did not do something… I do not deserve this. I am a hardworking man, get up within the morning 6 a.m. and go residence at 7 pm,” he mentioned.
Police have launched photos of the suspect, who was nonetheless being sought.
Advocacy group The Sikh Coalition mentioned its authorized group is offering free authorized providers to Ahluwalia.
“We’ve got already been in direct communication with legislation enforcement and demanded that investigators study the true chance that bias was a motive,” it mentioned, including that anybody with details about the incident ought to contact the New York Police Division.
The tragic incident comes because the US has witnessed a current wave of anti-Asian hate crimes throughout this pandemic.
Eight folks, together with 4 Sikhs, have been killed in a mass capturing at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis final month.
In March final 12 months, a person stabbed two Asian American youngsters – aged 2 and 6 – and their father at Sam’s Membership in Texas as a result of “he thought the household was Chinese language, and infecting folks with the coronavirus.”
A gaggle of Democratic Senators in Could final 12 months mentioned there was a surge in hate crime in opposition to Asian-Individuals amid coronavirus pandemic and had urged the Trump administration to take concrete steps to arrest the spike. PTI