New York: A 17-year-old Indian-American
youth was handcuffed and arrested by police when he went to
the rescue of his mother who was harassed and spit on her face
by a Chinese national in Flushing area of Queens here.
This is the second incident of an Indian youth being
arrested in Flushing after the detention of Krittika Biswas,
18, daughter of Debashish Biswas, vice consul of Indian
Consulate, following a complaint from her school teachers that
she had sent a hate e-mail which was actually sent by another
The fresh incident took place on Saturday when a
Chinese pedestrian stood in front of the car of the woman who
was driving on Kissena Boulevard-Beach Avenue intersection and
refused to move even after green flashed on the traffic
signal, according to Sushma Thukral, owner of Asian Foods in
Cherry Avenue in Flushing, a pre-dominant Chinese
Sushma waited for a few minutes and honked to signal
him that the traffic has started flowing and that she should
move. Unfazed, the Chinese man allegedly came near the
driver seat, spit on her face and abused her using choicest
American expletives, she said.
Sorab Thukral, 17, sitting beside her mother, got down
from the car after she pulled the vehicle off the sidewalk
near her store.
She said fearing reprisal from the local people, her
son attempted to close the shutters using an iron rod.
The store sold chapathis, paratha and naan.
Meanwhile, Sushma had informed the police who came
near the shop to investigate the case.
Police who had arrested the Chinese pedestrian also
took into custody Sorab on the complaint that he attempted to
hit the pedestrian with an iron rod despite his pleading that
he rushed only to close the store downing the shutters and had
not threatened him with the iron rod.
Sorab was handcuffed, arrested, fingerprinted and
lodged in the lock up at Police precinct 109 in Flushing on
the complaint allegedly preferred by the pedestrian.
"The Chinese national gesticulated in an obscene
manner in front of me and tried to expose his private parts
standing on the road to the full glare of all the people
watching the incident, apparently upset with my honking. What
did my son do except trying to close the store using an iron
rod to pull down the shutters. He was falsely accused in the
case and taken into custody," she said unable to overcome from
the shock of the incident.