Trial Begins for Sikh Man Attacked in Richmond Hill

November 3, 2005

Source: Queens Chronicle

On November 3, 2005 the Queens Chronicle reported, " Five men went on trial this week for the July 2004 beating of a Sikh man outside a Richmond Hill catering hall, with prosecutors arguing that the attackers targeted the man because of the color of his skin... [All of the men have been] charged with assault in the second degree as a hate crime, assault in the second degree and harassment in the second degree as a hate crime in the alleged beating of Rajinder Singh Bammi, who goes by the name Rajinder Singh Khalsa. They each face 15 years in prison if convicted... Khalsa and [Gucharan Singh] told police they were walking near the intersection of Lefferts Boulevard and 101st Avenue when a group emerged from the catering hall, referring to their turbans as 'curtains,' demanding they remove them, and telling them to 'go back to their own country.' According to police, the group proceeded to punch and beat Khalsa until he lost consciousness... Khalsa suffered multiple fractures, contusions and abrasions and had swelling and substantial pain to both of his eyes, including blurred vision, after the attack."