Tube hijab attack investigated as hate crime

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

Now the man in the image has identified himself on Twitter and is hitting back at the allegations after the picture went viral.

An architect at the centre of a suspected hate crime has attempted to defend himself for allegedly trying to pull off a Muslim woman's hijab and spitting at her friend, saying his girlfriend was "attacked" first.

But the group were left in tears after Miss Abulkadir was set upon by the man who tried to remove her hijab and hit her when he was unsuccessful.

'The woman was throwing out threats and was also verbally abusive'.

She urged others to share the image to identify the suspect, earning tens of thousands of retweets.

British Transport Police (BTP) launched an appeal to trace the man after a woman tweeting under the name Aniso Abdulkadir posted a photo of her alleged attacker on Saturday.

She wrote: 'These two at Baker Street station were racially abusive, the man tried to pull my friends headscarf off and pushed me against a wall, find them'.

Twitter user Aniso Abulkadir claimed the passenger, who later revealed himself to be Pawel Uczciwek, 28, had tried to grab her headscarf at Baker Street station. He says he never hit or attacked anyone and was simply trying to defuse the situation when the three women in question attempted to assault his black partner because they were "in an interracial relationship."Uczciwek has also said that he is fully cooperating with the authorities and has posted comments on his Twitter account supporting his version of events".

Uczciwek denies any wrongdoing.

A BTP spokesperson confirmed that the incident would be treated as a hate crime, adding: 'Behaviour like this is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police.

'This incident has been reported to us and we're investigating'. More worryingly for the Muslim community are the series of violent attacks that have occurred in recent days such as the Finsbury Park vehicle ramming and the London acid attack on Muslim cousins.

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