Terrible moment Sikh leader, 62, is crushed in the street after ‘driving past a woman’

Police have released harrowing CCTV footage of the moment a Sikh leader was “presumed dead” in the street in Manchester after being brutally attacked by a man, causing him serious brain damage.

The 62-year-old victim, whose name is not known, was in the center of Manchester’s Northern Quarter on June 23 when he was hit on the head by a man who was believed to be upset after losing his partner had met.

It is believed that the grandfather accidentally touched a young woman’s arm while walking home. Her partner then followed him down the street.

CCTV footage shows the men conversing on Hilton Street. The victim moves away but is followed onto Tib Street and hit twice in the head before falling to the ground.

The victim is seen walking down Tib Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter, being pursued by his attacker

The victim is seen walking down Tib Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, being pursued by his attacker

The two men had exchanged words after the victim accidentally grazed the arm of his attacker's partner

The two men had exchanged words after the victim accidentally grazed the arm of his attacker’s partner

CCTV footage shows the moment the attacker lunges at the victim and hits him twice on the head

CCTV footage shows the moment the attacker lunges at the victim and hits him twice on the head

His attacker then walks away, leaving him lying on the street near a restaurant.

The victim suffered a severe brain injury and has not spoken since the incident. Says his family his life was “tragically altered”.

“On June 23, 2022, the life of our loving and caring husband/father, a 62-year-old Sikh priest, was tragically changed forever when a thug cowardly committed this heinous act, leaving him in a pool of blood with a catastrophic lasting life – altered the brain damage and went away as if it were normal behavior,” they said in a statement.

“A devoted husband and father who has lived, worked and supported a community he loves in a city for 37 years and now cannot even leave the hospital.

“He worked long hours every day to help his children live the life he never had and to ensure that we were educated to help and inspire future generations by being a teacher, a pharmacist and raised an aspiring doctor.

“A Sikh priest was left for dead on the busy streets of Manchester, a route he walked home each day while people looked on. He was thoughtlessly and violently attacked and the sick, cowardly individuals are still out there.

The attacker struck the victim twice in the head, leaving him in the hospital with a serious brain injury

The attacker struck the victim twice in the head, leaving him in the hospital with a serious brain injury

Footage shows the attacker walking away from the scene, leaving the 62-year-old victim in the middle of the street

Footage shows the attacker walking away from the scene, leaving the 62-year-old victim in the middle of the street

Police have released images from the CCTV footage in a bid to locate the attacker

Police have released images from the CCTV footage in a bid to locate the attacker

“We read horrible things on the news but never expect it to happen to any of you, a man who couldn’t say a single hateful or negative comment that taught those around him to practice kindness.

“We lost the life of the party, the light in every darkness in our lives and the laughter and joy he brought home every day gone, leaving our hearts empty. Sadly, we’ll never get back the man who went to work that day thinking he was going to walk home to enjoy the nice weather.

“We appeal to everyone who knows something or knows the perpetrator to get in touch. It has been more than two months since the incident and we are no closer to finding her and bringing her to justice for her actions. Our husband/father lives in a hospital bed with life altering injuries and doesn’t know what the future holds.

“Please, please do not act today out of hate but to prevent this from happening to someone else and tearing another family apart as we would not wish this agony on anyone.”

Police have released images of people who may have information

They hope that releasing the images will help find the attacker

Police have released images of people they want to speak to in relation to the incident

Police have released an image of a woman they wish to speak to in relation to the incident

Police have released an image of a woman they wish to speak to in relation to the incident

Greater Manchester Police have released the footage to help identify the attacker, along with CCTV images of a man and woman they wish to speak to in relation to the incident.

Longsight CID Detective Inspector Mark Astbury said: “We are very interested in identifying the man and woman in the attached images as we believe they may assist us in our investigation.

“We made the decision to release the CCTV footage, with the family’s permission, simply to show the seriousness and thoughtlessness of this attack and why we need to ensure the perpetrator is found and faces the consequences of his horrific actions.”

A 38-year-old man who was arrested in July on suspicion of aggravated assault in connection with the attack has been excluded from the investigation.

Anyone with information or who might recognize the man or woman depicted in the images should contact police on 0161 856 6049 or report this online at www.gmp.police.uk.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Emma Colton

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