Just days away from the 14th anniversary of the dreadful 9/11 incident, an elderly Sikh-American man was brutally beaten and injured by an assailant in Chicago, USA.
The victim was later identified as Inderjit Singh Mukker and according to The Indian Express
report, he was a victim of an apparent hate crime. Mukker, soon after the incident, told the police that he was called a “terrorist” and “Bin Laden” by the assailant, who had also hurled many racial slurs and abuses while punching him. The assailant had yelled: “Terrorist, go back to your country, Bin Laden!”
According to the information given by the Sikh Coalition Community, Mukker, who is a US citizen and father of two, was repeatedly cut off by a driver while he was driving to a nearby grocery store. He had pulled over to the side of the road so as to let the other driver pass, but instead the other driver had pulled in front of his car and then aggressively approached Mukker’s vehicle to beat him up.
On reaching Mukker’s car, the assailant had repeatedly punched him in the face till he lost consciousness. By the time the assailant let go of Mukker, he was bleeding profusely and had suffered a fractured cheekbone and a laceration to his cheek.
He was quickly rushed to a nearby hospital where he received six stitches, treatment for lacerations, bruising and swelling. Meanwhile the suspect was caught and sent to custody.
This is not the first time that a Sikh man has been assaulted in the US; rather, since September 2001, attacks on the Sikh community have increased manifold, with over 300 cases of hate crimes against Sikhs being reported within the first few months of the 9/11 attacks itself.