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Christian man beaten up and left for dead over display of POPPIES on his car


A Christian man says he was beaten and left for dead in a car park over the large red poppies displayed on his car.

Tajamal Amar, 46, who fled Pakistan to escape violence, suffered a broken nose and several lacerations to the head and body after being attacked outside a fast-food restaurant.

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He claims he was attacked by Muslim men because they objected to his display of support for Britain’s Armed Forces.

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The food delivery driver believes that a group of Muslims were responsible for the assault outside the Red Chilli restaurant in Littleover, Derby., at around 8.45pm on October 20.

Tajamal Amar, a Christian of Pakistani origin, believes his alleged attackers targeted him as they regarded him as a “kaffir”, or infidel, due to his views.

He claims the otherwise unprovoked assault was committed by Pakistani Muslims whom he had noticed staring at him earlier that evening.

He claimed that the men had taken offence as he proudly displayed two large poppies on his silver Toyota, which also had a cross dangling from the rear-view mirror.

Mr Amar told the Sunday Times: “If I am not a brother, I am a kaffir. They left me for dead. They hit me as if they were playing on a football pitch.

“I am a Christian. Because of the poppies on my car, because of the cross in my car, I have been hit.

“I put poppies on my vehicle because I support British forces for their good work around the world and I really salute them, British forces.”

Mr Amar had been talking to his sister on the phone when he was attacked in Derby in days ago.

The father-of-one was knocked unconscious and rushed to Royal Derby Hospital, where he woke up five hours after the attack.

He believes that he was hit on the top of the head, and then was beaten further as he lay lifeless on the floor.

His tongue was also bruised during the brutal attack when he was beaten and kicked

He suffered internal bleeding in the head, a broken nose and extensive bruising following the brutal attack.

He claims he has reported two previous, less serious incidences of being targeted over his poppies to the police.

Mr Amar fled Pakistan for the UK in 2007 after being shot because of his faith.

He says many Pakistani Muslims do not accept him as a Christian man who is proud of Britain’s military.

Tajamal Amar believes displaying this crucifix in his car caused him to be beaten

However this has not deterred him and he has since doubled the number of poppies on his car, determined to celebrate British soldiers.

He said: “This is not going to stop me. This is Great Britain.”

Mr Amar said: “Several times, local Pakistani people in Derby have taken offence from the fact that I am Christian.

“When they first find out, many stop talking to me. My wife and I have often been shunned.

“On the day of my attack the visible display of a cross in my car and two poppies just below the front bonnet, triggered the violence against me.

“I know this, because for a few days before the attack the same men, glared at me after they noticed my Christian paraphernalia.

“I fled from Pakistan to escape violence such as this, but more and more the same violence is coming into Britain.

“Freedom of religion should be the right of any British citizen but today I feel unsafe, even then nothing will stop me going to church.

“I will pray for my attackers and hope they will change their hard-line approach to faith which is very dangerous for our society.”

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said: “This unprovoked attack on a Christian for simply displaying a cross and two large poppies is an example of the religious intolerance that some strands of radical Islam promote in Britain.

“An innocent man has been hospitalised, he has had to take several days off work, and now he is living in fear of further reprisals, simply for adhering to the Christian faith.”

At the time of the offence, a spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “We were called to a report of an assault outside the Red Chilli restaurant, in Littleover, at around 8:45pm.

“It was reported that a 45-year-old man had been kicked and punched.

“He was hospitalised at the Royal Derby Hospital with a broken nose and we have not yet arrested anyone in connection with the assault.”

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