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20-year-old Sikh student murdered in Nottingham city centre

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A 20-year-old British Sikh student has been murdered in Nottingham city centre.

Arjun Singh, a student at Nottingham Trent University, died on Sunday, 19 January, after being assaulted near the Slug and Lettuce pub in Long Row, in Nottingham city centre, just before 4am on Saturday night. The bar and restaurant, which opened in September 2019 following a £450,000 refurbishment, is open until 3am on Saturday nights.

Singh was rushed to the Queen’s Medical Centre following the attack but died of his injuries on Sunday. Nottinghamshire Police have now launched a murder investigation.

Pete Knowles, who delivers newspapers in the area, told local newspaper, The Nottingham Post, that he saw the ambulance speed off as he was doing his newspaper delivery.

“All I saw was someone on the floor with a blue blanket over them. There were two ambulances that came and then police cars,” said Knowles.

The area was cordoned off all day on Sunday as crime scene investigators searched for evidence. “A team of detectives are working hard to establish the circumstances. Police are eager to trace two men who fled the scene on foot following the incident,” a police spokesman said.

“This was a serious assault which has resulted in a young man losing his life,” added Detective Inspector Richard Monk.

“Our thoughts with Arjun’s family and friends and we would ask that people respect their privacy at this very sad and difficult time. We need to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam footage, including taxi-drivers who were in the area of Long Row West and Angel Row at the time, or any mobile phone footage of the incident. It is really important that if anyone has any information that could help the enquiry, no matter how small it may be, they come forward immediately,” Monk added.

Friends told TOI that Singh’s family was completely distraught.

Students from the Nottingham Trent University Sikh Society and the University of Nottingham Sikh Society, as well as members of Sikh Youth UK and the GAD Gym at Guru Arjan Dev Ji Gurdwara Derby, will hold a vigil at 5pm on Wednesday at the spot where the attack happened.

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