A video showing a Sikh man being brutally beaten up on a crowded street in Birmingham, the UK’s second-largest city, went viral on Internet, prompting the police to launch a probe into the suspected hate crime.

The video, titled ‘Singh Brutally Beaten in Birmingham’, was posted online on the ‘Daily Sikh Updates’ Facebook site.

It shows the Sikh man desperately trying to protect his face as a man punches and kicks him while a crowd looks on.

In a release, the Punjab Chief Minster’s Office said CM Parkash Singh Badal “strongly condemned the totally unprovoked assault on members of the Sikh community by some unruly elements in Birmingham (UK)”.

The CM described the attack as “inhuman, brutal and extremely worrying” and asked Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi to take up the matter “with his counterpart in the UK”, the release said.

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