BD nat`l assaulted in NY hate crime11 December 2016 bdnews24.com
A Bangladeshi man has been in assaulted in New York, amid escalating hate crimes against religious minorities and immigrants in the United States.
Abdur Rahman was attacked by three men at the city's Jackson Heights on Thursday.
Rahman, a vice president of the Jatiya Party's US chapter, was assaulted on the Northern Boulevard of the 66 Street as he was on his way back home from a local mosque, said new York resident Abdun Nur Bhuiyan.
"Two white men and an Indian were swearing at him as soon as he came out of the mosque. They then punched him on the head and the face. They were saying, 'You Muslim, go back to your country'," said Bhuiyan, the coordinator for the Jatiya Party's central committee.
Rahman was taken to the Elmhurst Hospital by police, who responded to his phone call after the attack.
Police have detained an Indian for his suspected involvement, said Bhuiyan. "Police are trying arrest the others."
Rights groups have alarmed over a rise of attacks on Muslims and immigrants since Republican Donald Trump's election as the US president.
The recent incidents of three Muslim women-a police officer, a transport official and a college student-threatened for wearing hijabs in New York have triggered widespread criticism.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has blamed 'Trump supporters' for the recent hate crimes.
At a regular press briefing on Tuesday with the hate crime victim NYPD officer Aml Elsokary, he said the hike in reported hate crimes was a result of the remarks Trump made during his presidential campaign.
NYPD hate crime unit said it has received as many as 44 reports of hate crimes in the three weeks after the Nov 8 president election, more than double during the same time last year.