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Racial attack a lie: UK Sikh

A Sikh teenager from Edinburgh, who claimed his hair was chopped off by racists, said he cooked up the story.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2006 12:25 IST

A Sikh teenager from Edinburgh who claimed his hair was chopped off by racist thugs last month has said that he had cooked up the story.

The 15-year old teenager had told police that he had been assaulted by a group of white youths who clipped his hair, racially abused him, punched and knocked him down while he was on his way to a relative's house.

The incident was widely criticised by the Sikh community and was publicised across Britain because of its unusually aggressive nature.

Investigators, however, found that there were a lot of things that weren't adding up.

The teenager admitted Saturday that the whole story was a lie.

According to reports, the youth cut off his own hair, punched himself in the face and made up the whole incident. It is believed that he was experiencing personal problems, the Guardian said.

Informed sources said the Sikh teenager felt torn between his traditional Sikh values and Western ideas.

They said he had wanted to get his hair cut for some time, but was afraid of the reaction of his family members and the larger Sikh community.

The police confirmed that the reported attack had not taken place and said the boy had expressed deep regret for the consequences of what he had done.

Investigators had questioned over 120 people and scanned hours of CCTV footage.

No action will reportedly be taken against the teenager for wasting the time of the police.

First Published: Dec 26, 2006 12:18 IST