Alleged hate crime in New York City leaves Sikh father critically injured

Published: August 8, 2014

Video footage from a surveillance camera allegedly shows a pickup truck striking Singh. Submitted photo/The Sikh Coalition.

VANCOUVER DESI

A New York City Sikh father of two is seriously injured and recovering in hospital after a pick-up truck ran him over in an alleged hate crime last week, according to a release from the Sikh Coalition.

The Sikh activist group organized a rally on Tuesday, calling on law enforcement to investigate the incident as a hate crime.

According to the Huffington Post, the 29-year-old father, Sandeep Singh, was walking home with a friend in Queens when a man in a pick-up truck began shouting racial slurs at them.

Amardeep Singh, with the Sikh Coalition, told HuffPost the driver called the men “terrorists” and told them to “go back to your country.”

Singh then attempted to engage the driver in conversation by saying “I am not a terrorist,” while standing in front of the truck as he called police, HuffPost reported.

But as Singh began to dial, the truck lurched forward and struck Singh.

While Singh claims he was dragged about 30 feet by the truck, a New York police spokesman told the Huffington Post that Singh was dragged about two feet.

But according to HuffPost, Singh lost so much skin on his back that he now requires a skin graft as well as stitches for a wound on his stomach.

In a YouTube video statement released by the Sikh Coalition, Singh’s soft voice can be heard pleading for justice.

“I’m in a great deal of pain, but I will survive,” Singh said in the video. “I was attacked because I’m a Sikh and look like a Sikh.”

“Justice should be served so no one else goes through what I’ve been through. We need to create … a world without hate.”

According to the Huffington Post, NYPD are investigating the complaint, but have not deemed it a hate crime, nor has the perpetrator been arrested.

“Sandeep is very fortunate to be alive, but we want more law enforcement resources devoted to finding the hate attacker,” Amardeep Singh said in a statement. “Given that this attack was preceded by racial and religious slurs, it is an attack not only on Sandeep but also on the whole Sikh community. We call on the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI to work with the NYPD to investigate it as a hate crime.”


Listen to Singh’s statement here:

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