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October 1, 2022

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Attack on two Sikhs in New York: First hit with a stick and then turban removed, Richmond Hills incident, one arrested

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Two Sikhs have been attacked in Richmond Hill in the US city of New York. One person has been arrested after registering a complaint. The Consulate General of India in New York condemned the attack, terming it “reprehensible” and said they are in touch with the police investigating the incident. The embassy said one person has been arrested in connection with the crime. It is being told that the victim was suddenly attacked when the Sikhs were taking their morning walk. The attack reportedly took place at the same place where a member of the community was attacked 10 days ago.

The attackers also took off the turban
According to local media reports, two suspects hit the men with sticks and took off their turbans. New York Attorney General Letitia James tweeted condemning the attack and wrote that another disgusting attack against our Sikh community in Richmond Hill. Justice should be given to both the persons. Jennifer Rajkumar, the first Punjabi American elected to a New York state office, said there has been an alarming 200 percent increase in hate crimes against the Sikh community in recent years.

10 days ago also an elderly Sikh was attacked
The attack comes nearly 10 days after an elderly Sikh man was allegedly assaulted in the same area. Images shared on social media after the April 4 attack showed an elderly Sikh man with a bloodied turban, face and clothes. In January this year, a Sikh taxi driver was attacked at JFK International Airport, with the attacker allegedly calling him turbaned man and asking him to return to his country.

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