- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

DARIEN, Ill. (AP) - A lawyer says a faith group is seeking hate crime charges after an assault on a Sikh motorist days before the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The victim, Inderjit Singh Mukker of Darien, told the Sikh Coalition that he was driving in the west suburban city Tuesday when someone started yelling, “Terrorist, go back to your country, Bin Laden” and other insults. After Mukker stopped his car, a male reached in and started punching him in the face.

The coalition says Mukker, a U.S. citizen, suffered a fractured cheekbone, a cut to his cheek, and lost consciousness.

Mukker’s lawyer, Harsimran Kaur, tells the Chicago Tribune (https://trib.in/1UJME4B ) that the Sikh Coalition is pressing for hate crime charges against a 17-year-old suspect.

Darien police say they’re investigating.


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