Racial attack on Sikh outside London Parliament Case: CCTV images of suspect released

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Ravneet Pal Singh

London: As per media reports the Metropolitan Police on Friday released CCTV images of a man suspected for having targeted the turban of a Sikh activist in a racist attack outside Parliament in London last month.

Ravneet Pal Singh, South Asia Project Manager for EcoSikh, was in the security queue to enter Portcullis House, when a man targeted him in what the Metropolitan Police have been investigating as a “hate crime”.

“Detectives from Westminster Community Safety Unit (CSU) are investigating and are keen to identify the man shown in CCTV stills released today.

A report in The Tribune (TT) quotes “A man who started shouting ‘Muslim go back’ approached the victim and attempted to remove his turban, grabbing it in his attempt to pull it off the victim’s head. He was unsuccessful and then made off from the scene. Police attended soon after the attack following reports of an assault,” the Met Police said in a statement released one month after the incident.

Singh and his colleague Jaspreet Singh, who were on a visit to the UK from India, were at Portcullis House to meet British Sikh MP Tan Dhesi regarding World Sikh Environment Day on March 14 and to discuss the establishment of EcoSikh as an environmental charity in the UK.

“I am not sure why he was shouting and why he attacked my turban. I was able to prevent my turban coming off and he ran away when I shouted back but it was an extremely distressing experience,” Singh had told PTI soon after the attack on February 21.

The Metropolitan Police have used the investigation to urge people to come forward to report such crimes. The force said it recognised the impact of hate crime on communities and the hidden nature of the crime, which remains largely under-reported.

“We would appeal to anyone who witnesses or suffers any hate of any type to immediately report it so that action can quickly be taken,” it said.

 

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