A 50-year-old Sikh man was beaten up multiple times by two white men who yelled racial slurs that “You’re not welcome here!, Go back to your country!” in the US state of California, prompting police to investigate the “heinous” hate crime, authorities said.
The incident happened last week near the intersection of Keyes and Foote roads in California as the man was putting up campaign signs alone along a rural stretch on the outskirts of Keyes, the police was quoted as saying by The Sacramento Bee.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said the assault is being investigated as a hate crime.
“This is a random despicable criminal act against a member of the Sikh community,” Christianson said.
Sheriff Sergeant Tom Letras said the 50-year-old victim was placing signs for local candidates when two white men wearing black hooded sweatshirts ambushed him and beat him to the ground.
He was struck multiple times as the assailants screamed, “You’re not welcome here!” and “Go back to your country!” They then spray painted his truck, Letras said.
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