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FRESNO, CA (SNN) - Police are investigating the vicious attack on an elderly Sikh man in Fresno, California who was hit by a vehicle and assaulted by two men on his way to work as a hate crime.
The turbaned 68-year old Amrik Singh Bal was walking alongside Brunswick Avenue in Fresno Saturday morning when two young men stopped their dark-colored compact car and began shouting obscenities at him.
Amrik Singh attempted to ignore the insults and walk away from the men by crossing the street, but the driver backed up his car and rammed Singh with his rear bumper.
The men then attacked the elderly man in the middle of the street and yelled “Why are you here?” and repeatedly hit him multiple times. The victim suffered a broken collarbone and cuts to his nose and hand, and treated at a nearby hospital - he is currently recuperating at home from the injuries.
Sikhs have frequently been mistaken for Muslims and have been targeted in similar attacks since the Sept. 11, 2001.