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2 US teens arrested in beating of Bangladeshi man

Update : 23 Jan 2016, 07:15 PM

The New York police have arrested two teenage boys on charge of beating a Bangladeshi man up, reported New York Daily News.

According to the report, Mujibur Rahman, 43, was beaten by two teens screaming about IS when he walked his nine-year-old niece from school on January 16. The teens were arrested Friday.

The teens – a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old –  were busted for assaulting Mujibur on a Bronx street, police said. The suspects — whose names were not released because of their ages — were charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment as a hate crime.

The older teen faces a list of other charges, including acting in a manner injurious to a child, added the police.

“The community is happy that the suspects were caught,” said state Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda (D – Bronx). “Now it’s time for healing and praying for these two kids. It’s a sad day in our society when teenagers attack people because of their religious belief.”

Mujibur was wearing traditional South Asian clothing when he was attacked in front of his horrified niece in Parkchester.

Shouting “ISIS! ISIS!” they allegedly punched the Bangladeshi immigrant until he collapsed, then kicked him, witnesses said.

Mujibur said in an interview: “The situation could have been worse but my nine-year-old niece, a student at PS 119 in Parkchester, managed to call 911 on a cell phone and summon help when the horrific hate crime erupted around 5:30pm.”

“She called my brother too, who came running,” he added.

Residents and community leaders expressed outrage over the weekend following the attack.

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), urged the FBI to join the NYPD’s hate crime investigation. 

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