India-born football fan assaulted in UK racist attack before 200 onlookers

PTI | Mar 17, 2013,

India-born football fan assaulted in UK racist attack before 200 onlookers
In the CCTV footage showed at the police station, the passengers were seen jumping up to get a better view of the attack on Prakash Patel in the tram.
LONDON: A 56-year-old India-born football fan was beaten up badly by seven men and punched in the face and head more than 18 times on a packed tram in UK, as 200 onlookers did nothing to save him from the racist attackers.Prakash Patel, a bank officer, was travelling home alongwith his 21-year-old daughterDevyani Patel after watching a football match when he was beaten up, leaving him with black eyes and concussion, local media reported on Sunday.

“The tram carriage was so full of people that the battered bank worker stayed upright after he was knocked out. Yet only his distraught daughter Devyani tried to push the attackers away from her father,” the Mirror reported.

“I thought my dad was going to die. I was trying to pull these men off him, but no one intervened. It’s disgusting, nobody did anything,” Devyani said, adding she felt as if she was in a TV drama as passengers pushed forward to get a better view in Stretford, Greater Manchester.

Prakash, a Manchester United fan, was left with black eyes, a swollen face and concussion.

“These men came on and started making indecent racist comments … Myself and my daughter felt distressed about it so I said ‘please behave’ and that’s when it started,” he said.

“They were hitting me in the face, the eyes, the head … There must have been more than 200 people just in our carriage but nobody did anything or said anything. They all just stood and watched us,” Prakash was quoted as saying by the Mirror.

Devyani, an estate agent who lives with her parents in New Moston, took her dad to hospital where he was treated for concussion and given a scan.

“We are big United fans and have been going to Old Trafford for 25 years and never had any trouble … But I will only ever watch Manchester United in a box now. Never again will I sit in the stands,” Prakash added.

In the CCTV footage showed at the police station, the passengers were seen jumping up to get a better view of the attack on him in the tram.

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack, which happened after the United versus Fulham match on January 26.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Vivien E. Zazzau
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 19:03:13

    Reblogged this on Dark Acts Bible: Glass Half Empty, Base Cracked… and commented:
    When I say that people don’t *care,* it’s not cynicism, a negative attitude, an attempt to “incite,” or a plea for pity. It’s simply truth. And many people dislike, or even fear, truth. This is why there are so many ‘spin doctors’ (operating under the guise of “caring” about our spiritual growth and vocal appropriateness) out there trying to control free expression, or at the very least, how we express our dissatisfaction, disaffection, or outrage. They’d rather we say nothing at all — and better yet, do nothing at all… And this is a perfect example of that…

    Talking about issues is not ‘violence.’ Attempting to suppress discussion about those issues is nothing less than violence. And that suppression often leads to further violence that could have been averted or prevented by intelligent discourse…

    Please. Let’s learn to give a damn about someone other than ourselves and “our own.” We are all connected. Prakash Patel, the victim, is forever changed; his daughter is forever changed; and probably not in a good way. Will they not be there for someone should they ever have the chance to be? It seems that we have reverted to the mentality that allowed us to enjoy such spectacles in the gladiatorial arena.

    And if we think that *that* is never coming to America, we’re wrong. Timothy McVeigh and 9/11 are proof of that.


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