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Race attack on UK Sikh leads to tension

London, November 22
A Sikh councillor’s son was hit on the head with baseball bats after he stepped in to save his turban-wearing friend from a gang of Muslim attackers. Goodmayes Ward councillor Satnam Singh believes it is not the first time the gang has hunted and assaulted Sikh youths and is calling on Muslim leaders to condemn the attacks.

His 15-year-old son was walking with friends from Loxford High School last week when a car pulled up alongside them in Henley Road, Ilford, news reports said today.

The occupants singled out one youngster with a traditional Sikh turban and started pushing and hitting the terrified 15-year-old.

Satnam Singh’s son stepped in and soon became the gang’s target. The gang members — all in their early 20s and wearing traditional Muslim dress — took baseball bats from the car and attacked both teenagers before driving off.

Both boys were taken to hospital where they each received stitches. “It’s not right that people are doing this... this gang is going around to schools in the area looking for Sikh boys.”

“We are now looking to Muslim leaders to come forward and publicly condemn the attacks. The situation is very volatile at the moment but something needs to be done,” Satnam Singh said. UNI

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