Indian-origin man arrested for attacks on Sikhs in Australia

ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ ਵਿਚ ਮੋਦੀ ਸਮਰਥਕਾਂ ਵਲੋਂ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਤੇ ਹ ਮ ਲੇ ਦਾ ਮਾਮਲਾ

JALANDHAR: An Indian-origin youth has been arrested for a collection of attacks on Sikhs that are suspected to be hate crimes. Asutalian media has recognized the man as 24-year-old Vishal Jood.

NSW police, in an announcement, mentioned Jood was arrested on Friday morning, from a home on Dixon Street in Parramatta, a significant business hub exterior Sydney. He has been charged with “three counts of affray, three counts of armed with intent commit indictable offence, two counts of destroy or injury property » $5000 and =$15,000 (DV), and assault occasioning precise bodily hurt in firm of different(s)”, mentioned police.
The 24-year-old was refused bail and he was produced in a Parramatta court docket on Saturday. “Since September final yr, officers hooked up to Parramatta Police Area Command have been investigating quite a few incidents in Harris Park. About 8.30pm, September 16, 2020, a man strolling alongside Brisbane Street was assaulted by a bunch of as much as 5 males. The man was allegedly struck a number of instances in the top with a baseball bat after which kicked when on the bottom. He was taken to Westmead Hospital for remedy to facial accidents,” mentioned NSW police.

About 6.30pm on February 14, 2021, a man driving a black 2015 Range Rover alongside Marion Street was allegedly attacked by a bunch of as much as 5 males, holding sticks and different weapons, police mentioned. Mentioning the third crime, in which Jood was concerned, police mentioned, “About 10.15pm, on February 28, 2021, a bunch of individuals travelling in a automobile on Kendall Street was allegedly attacked by as much as 10 males. The automobile sustained critical injury.”

It was the final crime which attracted big consideration because it occurred when bitterness between pro- and anti-farm teams had already spilled abroad and some incidents occurred in Australia, New Zealand and Canada displaying this pressure. The automotive with Sikh youths inside was attacked by a bunch of individuals carrying baseballs bats, rods and so forth and all its home windows have been smashed.

The group had participated in anti-farm-laws protest and one of many youths had informed TOI that they have been both attacked as a consequence of their Sikh identification or for their assist to anti-farm-laws protest in Sydney the place 4 of them had participated. The incident was caught on CCTV cameras. The youths have been returning after dinner at an Indian restaurant in Harris Park space. All 5 are in early 20s and are college students.

“It appears that our presence was marked on the restaurant by a number of attackers after which extra gathered to waylay and assault us,” one of many Sikh youths had informed TOI just a few days after the assault.

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