Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Police Ignored Threats against Murdered Man'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Police Ignored Threats against Murdered Man'

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A RESTAURANT owner was stabbed to death in front of horrified customers two weeks after police ignored violent threats against him, it was claimed today.

Imtiaz Hussain Syed, a 41-year-old Pakistani, died in hospital from multiple injuries and his nephew is fighting for his life following the attack in Southall.

A gang of 20 Sikhs, armed with knives and iron bars, went on the rampage through the Lahori Village restaurant on Saturday and began smashing windows and furniture. In the chaos, Mr Syed was stabbed and Amir Syed, in his 20s, was beaten.

Today, another nephew Zaki Syed, 19, said his uncle was threatened by Sikh men after a scuffle outside the restaurant two weeks ago. "The police ignored it," he told the Evening Standard today. "There is no doubt we are all extremely angry about this. It shouldn't have happened."

He said a group of Sri Lankans and Indian Sikhs started arguing in the restaurant. It quickly escalated into a street fight between two men outside the Lahori Village and Mr Syed attempted to break up the fight.

Zaki's brother, Abid, 22, said: "We don't know what the argument was about but the Indians got offended at what my uncle was doing and said to him 'now that the war between India and Pakistan has begun we are going to come back for you'."

A few days later, on 7 January, three of the restaurant's windows were smashed. A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said today: "The owner of the Lahori Village reported to police that his premises had suffered criminal damage. A window or windows had been smashed. The victim reported seeing an Asian man running away.

"At that time he also reported that some days preceding this a group of males, who had been fighting in and outside the restaurant, said they would be back to damage the premises. …

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