A Hindu priest wearing religious attire was attacked near a temple in New York’s Queens Area last week, United States news channel PIX 11 has reported. Swami Harish Chander Puri said he was repeatedly assaulted by a man, who approached him from behind, around 11 am on July 18. He suffered bruises all over his body, including his face.
“He was very angry,” the priest told the news channel. “I am in a little pain. Sometimes people have no control.”
Some of the devotees at the temple alleged Puri was targeted because of his dress. They claimed the attacker cried out “this is my neighborhood” during the assault. A New York Police Department spokesperson said Puri was punched and hit with an object such as an umbrella.
The police arrested 52-year-old Sergio Gouveia in connection with the attack. He’s being charged with assault, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon. The police are looking into whether the attack should be investigated as a hate crime, the channel said.
How Yogi Adityanath supervised UP hostage operation
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath himself took over the reins of supervising the rescue operations of the hostage drama that unfolded through the intervening Thursday-Friday night.
Adityanath, who convened a late night meeting of top civil and police officials at his official 5 Kalidas Marg residence, is said to have given a piece of his mind to the district officials in Farukkhabad through video conferencing.
He is believed to have pulled up the officials for “wasting four hours doing nothing” to rescue the 23 children who were held hostage in Kasriya village by a criminal.
The Chief Minister also made sure to coordinate with the Centre for NSG commandos and directed officials to send ATS and QRT teams to Farukkhabad.
Adityanath ended the meeting only after 1.30 a.m. on Friday when the captor was killed and the 23 children safely rescued.
One of the officials who attended the meeting said, on condition of anonymity, “I have never seen the chief minister is such an angry mood. The idea of 23 small children being held captive upset him to a great extent.”
Sources said that a few heads were likely to roll in the coming days in Farukkhabad because the chief minister was upset at the manner in which the officials dealt with the situation.