Queens, New York
Apr 03, 2022
RICHMOND HILL, Queens (WABC) - A 75-year-old Sikh man was attacked on an early morning walk in Queens.
The assault, police say was unprovoked, and left him with a broken nose and severe bruising.
"He was just walking and he came from behind and hit him in the face," Nirmal Singh's translator Harpreet Singh Toor said. Harpreet who is chairman of the Sikh Cultural Society public policy said that Singh was walking to the Gurdwara early Sunday morning when a man approached him and punched him in the nose, causing him to fall to the ground. Toor believes the 75-year-old was attacked because of the way he looks.
It was very hard for Singh to speak because of the pain. The blood was still fresh on his sleeves and jacket.
"Any attack in the name of just because you look different is an attack against everybody, not just that person, and it's got to stop," Toor said.
There were no words exchanged, but the assault left him with injuries. Singh has only been in the country for two weeks on a visitors visa.