New York, May 4
A Sikh man was attacked with a hammer by a Black assailant who shouted at him “I don’t like you” and “You’re not the same skin” at a resort 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 line with a report on New York Daily News web site.
Ahluwalia mentioned the man, a Black, assaulted him on April 26 at his office, the Quality Inn in Brownsville. He mentioned the man got here into the foyer of the resort 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 man and to hunt the resort safety guard. At that time, the assailant “began working in the direction of me, very quick, and he put his hand in the pocket — I believed, ‘He’s pulling out a gun”’, the report mentioned.
Pleading with the man, the sufferer mentioned, “What happened? You’re my brother.” The attacker responded “You’re not the same skin,” Ahluwalia mentioned, including that the man then “banged on my head with the hammer so hard.” The assailant then screamed, “I don’t like you,” and ran away, in line with the report.
It mentioned the sufferer “couldn’t feel what happened with me” and was ultimately taken to an emergency room.
“I couldn’t sleep. I had a big bump on my head. I could fall — feeling dizziness, and the next morning I went to the doctor,” he mentioned, including that 5 days later, he was nonetheless feeling anxious and fearful.
“I didn’t do anything… I don’t deserve this. I’m a hardworking guy, wake up in the morning 6 a.m. and go home at 7 pm,” he mentioned.
Police have launched footage of the suspect, who was nonetheless being sought.
Advocacy group The Sikh Coalition mentioned its authorized workforce is offering free authorized companies to Ahluwalia.
“We have already been in direct communication with law enforcement and demanded that investigators examine the real possibility that bias was a motive,” it mentioned, including that anybody with details about the incident ought to contact the New York Police Department.
The tragic incident comes because the US has witnessed a latest 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 man stabbed two Asian American kids – aged 2 and 6 – and their father at Sam’s Club in Texas as a result of “he thought the family was Chinese, and infecting people with the coronavirus.”
A bunch of Democratic Senators in May final 12 months mentioned there was a surge in hate crime in opposition to Asian-Americans amid coronavirus pandemic and had urged the Trump administration to take concrete steps to arrest the spike. PTI