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Arrest made in hate crime on 2 Sikh Teens in Long Island

A 13-year-old boy faces a hate crime charge after being arrested in the attack on two Sikh teenagers at a mall in Long Island, reports NBC NY.

“Hey, Mohammed, come here. I’ll knock that ball off your head,” Yuvraj Bindra, 13, recalls being told. He says the assailant then punched his friend  Chaz Bedi in the face. He escaped serious injury.

Other teens taunted the two and recorded the assault on their phone, according to Bindra.

ABC7 reports the boys identified the group of teens on surveillance video. Mall security located them and were told by the group the two Sikh boys were going to blow up the mall.

“Are you kidding me?” one of the boy’s father said. “You’re going to stereotype them and say like now we’re terrorists!”

The case is being investigated by the Suffolk County Police Hate Crimes Unit.

“We are relieved that this child was not seriously injured and welcome the Suffolk County Police investigation of this deplorable act of violence as a hate crime, Afaf Nasher, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations – New York, said. “We applaud the young boy’s and his family’s courage to speak out about this hate incident. Too often, our Sikh brothers and sisters are targeted in hate crimes and other forms of discrimination.”

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