An Indian immigrant who spent20 years working to open the shop of his dream has died after being beaten up by a gang of teenagers who helped themselves to a $4.99 football.
The gang jeered at Kombra Divakaran, 43, when he chased them on to the pavement outside his new shop in Bayswater, west London. They then kicked and beat him.
Surgeons at the National Neurological Hospital tried desperately to save his life but his injuries proved too severe.
His attackers are said to include a stocky girl, aged14 or 15, with long brown hair who was “loud and aggressive”
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Petra said: “It’s absolutely mindless that this gentleman appears to have died because of a cheap plastic football”. He revealed that a fortnight ago Mr Divakaran was racially abused by youths who came into his shop, and the killing may have been racially motivated. “ But at this stage we still believe he was probably attacked because he was brave enough to intervene when these people tried to steal his property”
A father of three, Mr Divakaran was renowned as a man of gentle character. Sarina,20, a travel agent at the nearby branch of Thomas Cook said: “ He was the nicest person. It always brought a smile to his face when you walked into his shop”
At the time of the attack on Sunday, Mr Divakaran had been working late on his own, said Mr Sidhu. “ There is always trouble with kids hanging around. The whole community is devastated. We have worked so hard and then they come along and do this.” Mr Sidhu said that passers-by didn’t intervene to stop the attack. If someone had gone to his rescue then this would not have happened.
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