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Hate crime heat on US Sikh attacker

New York, April 20 (PTI): A 20-year-old man, accused of pulling the beard of a Sikh professor in the US, has been arrested and charged with hate crime for the brutal assault during which the attackers called Prabhjot Singh “Osama” and “terrorist”.

Christian Morales was arrested on Friday night and charged with aggravated harassment and committing a hate crime in connection with the attack on Singh, a professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Morales was produced in court yesterday.

While the investigation is still ongoing, he is the only person in custody, the New York police department said.

Singh, 31, was assaulted last September by a group of 20-30 young men while he was walking in the Harlem neighbourhood.

The father of one had been “brutally attacked” and was rushed to the hospital with severe bruising, swelling, small puncture in his elbow and fracture in his lower jaw.

 
 
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