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Indian American Community Demand Hate Crime Investigation Over Sikh Victim of Brooklyn Hammer Attack
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BROOKLYN, NY- The Indian American community in New York City is coming together in support of a Sikh American man who was attacked by a suspect with a hammer in Brooklyn.
As per a report that the community wants the April 26 attack of Sumit Ahluwalia, 32, to be investigated as a hate crime.
The attack happened at the Quality Inn on Osborn Street in Brownsville, according to reports.
The community believes the attack was motivated by hate, saying the victim was targeted because of his religious attire, specifically his turban.
Surveillance video shows Ahluwalia entering the lobby of the hotel, where he is operations manager. The suspect then appears to hit Ahluwalia in the head with a hammer before running off, the report said.
“He pulled out the hammer from his bucket and bang on my head with such intensity,” Ahluwalia told.
He says the man had entered the lobby and began yelling at him and the front desk staff before spitting in his face three times, it adds.
“I said, ‘Hey brother, what happened?’ [He said,] ‘You’re not my brother. You’re not the same skin. I don’t like you,’” Ahluwalia added in the report.
Ahluwalia, when asked if he believes he was targeted, said, “I think so because I was the only turban guy who was there.”
The attack has left the father of two who immigrated from India three years ago completely shaken, according to the report.
Sikhs Against Asian Hate Crimes and Stop Hate Crime held a rally and a press conference on May 1 at Smokey Park in South Richmond Hill to address the incident, PIX11 reported. Members of the Indian American, South Asian and Sikh community were joined by politicians to speak out against anti-Asian hate, the report added.
Police say they are now investigating the incident, but the Sikh community wants it looked at as a hate crime. As of last week, there have been 68 anti-Asian hate crimes in the city, compared to 15 during the same period in 2020, the report asserted.
Ahluwalia did suffer minor injuries to his head, which included internal bleeding. He is expected to be OK, reports added.