Footage of a man punching a Muslim man in the face on a London train has gone viral on social media.
The footage shows a white man in a black coat walking up to Jubair Ahmed, before throwing a punch in the side of his face. A loud thump can be heard as Ahmed’s head smashes against the glass.
As the assailant flees, a female passenger, believed to be the man’s wife, is seen bravely and furiously chasing the attacker screaming “call the copper.”
The footage was published online by Muslim Council assistant secretary general Miqdaad Versi and has gone viral since.
A British Transport Police spokesperson said a suspect had been taken into custody following the incident at Upton Park station in eastern London’s Newham administrative division. “A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning ABH and using threatening, abusive words, behaviour or disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. He has been bailed until November 14,” the spokesperson said.
“When we boarded and sat down he was shouting and swearing, I didn’t look at him because I knew maybe it was dangerous,” Ahmed was quoted as saying by Evening Standard.
“At the next stop it looked like he intended to get off but when the train arrived suddenly he hit my cheek and ran away. My wife followed him shouting to everyone to help to catch him.”
“I was shocked, it was unexpected and my head was dizzy, I couldn’t think.”
Ahmed, who moved to London in 2011 from Bangladesh, said: “I’m finding it difficult to eat because of my jaw.”
Earlier on October 9, a Muslim woman’s hijab was pulled down on a busy street in north London, adding to the already growing number of incidents against Muslims in the west.
The number of hate crimes reported to British police in the run up to and aftermath of the vote to leave the European Union surged by 42 per cent, police chiefs said in March.
This article originally appeared on The Independent.