London: In a matter of shamed a Muslim woman’s hijab was pulled off allegedly by a man in a vicious assault in London, amid a spike in hate crime incidents following a series of terror attacks by Islamists in the UK.
Aniso Abdulkadir was waiting for a tube at Baker Street station on July 16 when she says the man grabbed her headscarf before lashing out with his fists and pinning one of her friends up against a wall, according to media report.
“This man at Baker Street station forcefully attempted to pull my hijab off and when I instinctively grabbed hold of my scarf he hit me,” Abdulkadir tweeted and posted a picture of the man who allegedly attacked her.
“He proceeded to verbally abuse my friends and I, pinning one of them against the wall and spitting in her face,” the tweet read.
Abdulkadir added that a woman who was present was also threatening and verbally abusive, the report said.
A British Transport Police spokesman said it was being investigated as a hate crime. “Behaviour like this is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.This incident has been reported to us and we are investigating,” the official said.
However a man, who claimed to be the man in the image posted by the woman, tweeted on July 17 to protest his innocence, claiming he had been defending his partner from what he called a “racist attack”, media reported.
He said the allegation against him was “completely false”. “I would like to confirm I never hit or attacked anyone; I simply defused the situation by separating them,” Pawel Uczciwek wrote.
“The police is fully cooperating with me and will be able to obtain CCTV footage showing the three women attempting to attack my partner because we are in an interracial relationship,” he claimed.
The assault comes amid a spike in hate crime incidents in the UK following a suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester that claimed 22 lives and an attack in London by three terrorists, who drove a van into pedestrians and then went on a stabbing spree, killing eight persons before being shot dead.
Anti-Muslim crimes in the British capital increased five-fold since the London attack, London Mayor Sadiq Khan had said, warning that police would take a “zero-tolerance approach”.
Nasa finds Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram with help of Indian engineer
New York: NASA has found the crash site and debris of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander following a tip from an Indian space enthusiast who examined pictures of the area of the moon taken by a US orbiting camera.
The site was located by Shanmuga Subramanian, who on his own scoured the pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC), NASA and Arizona State University announced on Monday confirming the find.
The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.
One of them, Subramanian, contacted the LROC project with a positive identification of debris, it said.
Arizona State University (ASU), where the LROC project is located, said: “After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.”
When the images for the first mosaic were acquired on September 17, the impact point was poorly illuminated and could not easily be identified, it said.
But two image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11 were better.
The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one pixel shadow.
The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and casts a one pixel shadow.
The university said that based on Subramanian’s tip, the LROC team scoured the surrounding area in the new mosaics and found the impact site and the debris field.
The impact site is located at 70.8810 degree S, 22.7840 degrees E, at an elevation of 834 metres, it said.
“The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site,” ASU said.
Vikram lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) following its launch from Chandraayan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make a softlanding near the moon’s south pole.
In a statement NASA said: “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement.”
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