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Indian origin teen arrested in New York while rescuing mother
PTI
New York, June 20, 2011
First Published: 12:45 IST(20/6/2011)
Last Updated: 12:53 IST(20/6/2011)

A 17-year-old Indian-American youth was handcuffed and arrested by police when he went to the rescue of his mother who was harassed and spit on her face by a Chinese national in Flushing area of Queens.

This is the second incident of an Indian youth being arrested in Flushing after the detention of Krittika Biswas, 18, daughter of Debashish Biswas, vice consul of Indian Consulate, following a complaint from her school teachers that she had sent a hate e-mail which was actually sent by another student.

The incident took place on Saturday when a Chinese pedestrian stood in front of the car of the woman who was driving on Kissena Boulevard-Beach Avenue intersection and refused to move even after green flashed on the traffic signal, according to Sushma Thukral, owner of Asian Foods in Cherry Avenue in Flushing, a pre-dominant Chinese neighborhood.

Sushma waited for a few minutes and honked to signal him that the traffic has started flowing and that she should move. Unfazed, the Chinese man allegedly came near the driver seat, spit on her face and abused her using choicest American expletives, she told PTI.

Sorab Thukral, 17, sitting beside her mother, got down from the car after she pulled the vehicle off the sidewalk near her store.

She said fearing reprisal from the local people, her son attempted to close the shutters using an iron rod.

The store sells chapathis, paratha and naan.

Meanwhile, Sushma had informed the police who came near the shop to investigate the case.

Police who had arrested the Chinese pedestrian also took into custody Sorab on the complaint that he attempted to hit the pedestrian with an iron rod despite his pleading that he rushed only to close the store downing the shutters and had not threatened him with the iron rod.

Sorab was handcuffed, arrested, fingerprinted and lodged in the lock up at Police precinct 109 in Flushing on the complaint allegedly preferred by the pedestrian.

"The Chinese national gesticulated in an obscene manner in front of me and tried to expose his private parts standing on the road to the full glare of all the people watching the incident, apparently upset with my honking. What did my son do except trying to close the store using an iron rod to pull down the shutters. He was falsely accused in the case and taken into custody," she said.


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