Source: The Courier
THIS is the man who police believe hospitalised a young Indian restaurant owner in a racist gang attack last Friday.
Police have released the image in the hope that someone recognises the man who punched Himanshiu Goyal in the mouth, fracturing his jaw in two places.
Mr Goyal, 22, was bashed and verbally abused while closing his Bridge Mall restaurant about 9.45pm on Friday, June 7.
Police said six men, believed to be in their early 20s, shouted racial abuse at Mr Goyal while the man pictured punched him in the mouth.
The men ran from the scene after the attack.
The man police are hunting is described as Caucasian, about 160 to 170 centimetres tall, of a solid build and aged in his early 20s.
He was wearing a sky blue T-shirt over a hooded jumper with a dark-coloured cap and shorts.
It is now more than a week since the assault, which shocked the city and forced City of Ballarat mayor John Burt to take a stand on racism.
Mr Goyal again confirmed to The Courier yesterday that he will sell his restaurant in the fear of more attacks.
“I just cannot risk the safety of my staff,” he said.
He praised police and Cr Burt who he said had done a brilliant job so far.
“The police are doing everything they can and I know they will catch these men,” he said.
He said Cr Burt, who paid him an emotional visit in hospital after the attack, had also been working with police to ensure the men were caught.
“The mayor was at the police station on Thursday and I know he is doing all he can,” Mr Goyal said.
Police captured the images of the group of men from CCTV cameras in the Bridge Mall and a camera inside Bupa Health Insurance’s Norwich Plaza shop.
Police want to speak to this man about the Bridge Mall attack.