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Sikh man attacked in New York

india Updated: Jan 22, 2009 23:16 IST
Sikh man attacked in New York

In an apparent "racial attack", three men causing severe injuries in one of his eyes have stabbed a Sikh man.

The incident occurred last morning when three men accosted Jasmir Singh and his friend in the Jackson Height section of Queens suburb of New York City. Jackson Height has flourishing Indian market.

Singh, 21 who is being treated at a hospital claimed the attackers singled him out because of his long hair and traditional Sikh beard.

"It was racial," Singh of Richmond Hill said adding his friend, a white was unharmed in the attack. Daliy News quoted he "They were taunting me about my hair and beard," as saying.

Singh said that three men who demanded money accosted them on the street. He and his friend ran into the nearby super market but were dragged out. He was stabbed in the eye, back and chest and is recovering in the hospitals.

Meanwhile, police have arrested two teenagers and are looking for the third but are not investigating it as hate crime, as they say no hate words were spoken during the incident.

The arrested teenagers have been booked on brutal assault and robbery charges.

Singh's family claimed, they have been repeatedly subjected to such attacks because of their looks and appearance.

"It keeps happening to my family. We both worked at Ground Zero on 9/11 and we voted for Obama. We hoped things would get better but it hasn't," Singh's father Jiwan Singh said.