Disturbing moment thugs armed with baseball bats film themselves attacking a member of Turbans 4 Australia
- Trainee nurse Rahul Kumar was brutally bashed by thugs outside a Sydney gym
- The Turbans 4 Australian member suffered broken arm as well as head wounds
- Attack filmed and later posted on social media sparking concern it was targeted
- Fears it could be resumption of politically motivated attacks on Indian people
A gang of thugs used baseball bats and metal bars to bash a trainee nurse before posting the video of the callous attack online.
There are fears it could be a continuation of a spate of attacks by Hindu nationalists against Sikhs within Australia in echoes of conflict in India.
Rahul Kumar, 30, was viciously set upon by a group of hooded men outside the Plus Fitness Westmead gym in Sydney’s west on Saturday afternoon while another filmed the assault.
Mr Kumar, who is a member of the Sikh charity group Turbans 4 Australia, was about to get in his car after a workout when the men suddenly ambushed him and mercilessly beat him before scattering.
The men set upon Mr Kumar with baseball bats and metal rods while one of the group filmed the attack
He was left with a broken arm and needing eight stitches to a head and also suffered severe bruising on his legs.
Mr Kuman said he is now afraid to leave his home.
‘They bashed me badly,’ he told Seven News.
‘My head was bleeding, my shirt was totally red in blood.’
‘That was the worst time I have suffered with.’
Video of the attack was later posted on social media platform TikTok leading to concerns the assault on Mr Kumar was politically motivated.
Turbans 4 Australia spokesperson Amar Singh said the ordeal was similar to those carried out across western Sydney last year by a hate group who targeted Indian people seen as not supportive enough of the country’s government.
The attack broke Mr Kumar’s arm and also left him needing stitches to his head along with bruising on the legs
Mr Kumar says the attack leaves him frightened to leave his home as there are fears it could have been a hate group targeting Indian people for political reasons
‘It feels like a similar gang,’ Mr Singh said.
‘They’ve had the same modus operandi since last year, attacking random people from within the Indian community.
‘I think this gang needs to be controlled.’
Police are asking for anyone who witnessed the attack or can identify those responsible to come forward.