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Indian-Origin Priest Attacked Near US Temple

A Hindu priest has been brutally attacked by a 52-year-old man near New York temple in the United States.It is unclear, whether the incident was a hate crime or there were any other ulterior motives. Hindu priest, Swami Harish Chander Puri, clothed in his religious garb was attacked while he was walking down the street near the Shiv Shakti Peeth in Glen Oaks. As per media reports, some of the people who regularly attend the temple said that the attacker who started hitting Harish on street was yelling things like, “this is my neighborhood”. The priest was rushed to the hospital soon after the attacked and has suffered several bruises and abrasions all over his whole body. In connection with the attack, the police had arrested and identified the attacker as a 52-year-old man, Sergio Gouveia. Sergio has been booked with the charges of assault, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon. United States Representative, Grace Meng issued a press release regarding the attack on Hindu Priest in Queens. As per reports, the incident took place after US President Trump took to Twitter to set a aim on four democratic congresswomen including Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born US citizen, asking them to “go back” where they came from. It is believed that Trump’s racist attacks on Congresswomen have encouraged targets on immigrants and refugees. The Hindu community has expressed concerns over the attack and a Facebook group called ‘Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus’ posted regarding the information about the incident.

We are deeply heartbroken by reports of a brutal attack on Swami Harish Chander Puri ji, priest of the Shiv Shakti Peeth…

Posted by Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus on Saturday, July 20, 2019

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