February 27, 2014-“’Osama go back home. You don’t belong here,’’’ Sunny Kumar, 33, who is on the board of Nanak Naam Jahaj Gurudwara temple on West Side Avenue, said a Sikh man was told while being assaulted on Feb. 15 on Liberty Avenue off Carlton Avenue during a dispute about snow shoveling.
Kumar said part of the man’s beard was torn out, he was kicked in the stomach, beaten with a shovel, had bruises on his chest and pain in his jaw when he was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was treated and released with pain killers.
In a January incident, two Sikh men, with beards and wearing turbans, were walking on Liberty Avenue near Spruce Street when they were assaulted for no reason other than “the way they looked,’’ Kumar said, adding that one man suffered a broken wrist and the other suffered facial bruises.
“People associate Sikhs with terrorists because of the turban and beards,’’ said Kumar.“It’s like calling a horse a donkey.”
The brief meeting was attended by council members Joyce Watterman, Daniel Rivera, Richard Boggiano and Khemraj “Chico’’ Ramchal as well as representatives of the North and West police districts. Those attending the meeting were disappointed that Mayor Steven Fulop did not attend even though he had been invited.
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