The 62-year-old victim was left for dead in a pool of blood in the middle of a Manchester street. He’s still in hospital recovering.
The attack happened on 23 June this year but police have released the video today in a bid to identify the assailant with the help of the public.
It is thought the attacker got angry when the victim walked past his girlfriend and accidentally brushed her with his arm.
CCTV footage captures the men exchanging words on Hilton Street. The victim moves away but he is pursued onto Tib Street and is hit in the head twice before falling to the floor.
Police also released a statement from the man’s family:
‘On the June 23, 2022, our loving and caring husband/father, a 62 year old Sikh priest, had his life tragically altered forever when a thug cowardly committed this heinous act, leaving him in a pool of blood with catastrophic permanent life-changing brain damage and walked away as if it was normal behaviour,’ they said in a statement.
‘A devoted husband and father who has lived, worked and supported a community in a city he has loved for 37 years and now cannot even leave the hospital.
‘He worked long hours every day to help his children live the life he never got to and make sure we were raised to help and inspire future generations, raising a teacher, a pharmacist and a soon-to-be doctor.
‘A Sikh priest was left for dead on the bustling streets of Manchester, a route he has walked home every day, while people watched on. He was mindlessly and violently attacked and the sick, cowardly individuals are still out there.
In addition to the video, police also released images of the alleged attacker and his girlfriend.