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Acid attack on Sikh leader in UK

Amarjit Singh could lose his vision after an assailant threw chemicals on his face.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2007, 13:06 IST

A Sikh community leader could lose his vision after an assailant threw corrosive chemicals on his face.

Assistant general secretary of the Sikh gurdwara in Leeds, Amarjit Singh Uppal, 49, is in hospital undergoing treatment for burns but it is feared that the damage could result in permanent blindness.

Uppal was attacked as he arrived at his house in Moortown in Leeds Tuesday.

While the motive for the attack is not known, police believe Uppal was the intended target, Yorkshire Post reported.

"This is a nasty attack and the victim may be permanently blinded. The victim is a family man who is not known to the police in any way. It is a horrendous attack. The injuries are serious and catastrophic for his and his family's life," said Detective Inspector Adrian Taylor.

Police are conducting fingerprint searches around Uppal's house and said the suspect was a black who ran away after the attack.

Neighbours described Uppal, father of four children, as a quiet and respectable family man.

"It's a horrendous attack. I have no idea at all why someone would do this to him," said a neighbour.

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