Tuesday, February 27, 2024

14-year-Old Assaulted Sikh Man in UK; Pulled Beard, Kicked and Thrown to Ground

by Manjari Singh

In a significant development in the investigation of a hate crime against a Sikh man in Slough, south-east England, Thames Valley Police have apprehended a 14-year-old boy. The attack left Inderjit Singh, a Sikh man in his late 50s, with serious injuries following an assault by a group of boys in Langley Memorial Park.

The teenage suspect was arrested last week on charges of grievous bodily harm with intent and has been released on police bail until February 15, 2024. Detective Constable Holly Baxter, leading the investigation from Slough Police Station, emphasized the ongoing nature of the inquiry and urged the public to come forward with any relevant information.

“This is still an active investigation, and we are seeking anyone with information to make a report online or by calling 101,” stated Detective Constable Baxter. The police force also renewed its appeal for cooperation, underlining the severity of hate crimes and their impact on both individual victims and the communities targeted.

Inderjit Singh, identified as the victim, was walking through Langley Memorial Park when he was confronted by a group of boys. The attackers, one of whom attempted to grab Singh’s beard, proceeded to encircle him, launching a physical assault that included kicking and pulling him to the ground. The brutal attack resulted in Singh sustaining three broken ribs, swelling, and cuts to his hand.

After the assault, Singh was promptly taken to the hospital for treatment and has since been discharged. Local authorities, including the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, have collaborated with the police in appealing for information that may aid in the investigation of this heinous hate crime.

Detective Constable Baxter assured the public that the police are actively engaging with the local Sikh community, conducting patrols in the area, and encouraged individuals with concerns to approach uniformed officers or contact the police through the designated channels.

As the investigation unfolds, the incident highlights the need for continued efforts to address and prevent hate crimes, emphasizing the importance of community collaboration in fostering a safe and inclusive society.

Manjari Singh

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