Ravneet Singh, 37, who is from Punjab, was waiting to enter the Portcullis House, part of the British Parliamentary Estate, to meet Sikh Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi when the assault took place on Wednesday.
#Sikh is attacked outside of #UK Parliament in #London with a racial motive. The attacker said #Muslims go back and took off the turban of Ravneet Singh, #EcoSikh India Manager, who was in-line to meet with @TanDhesi! Attacker ran away! So sad ???? @theresa_may @SadiqKhan pic.twitter.com/isTEZVCZad
— Rajwant Singh (@DrRajwantSingh) February 21, 2018
Singh said he was waiting in the queue when the man, who was shouting "Muslim go back", approached him and tried to remove his turban, a religious headgear.
"I was in the queue outside Portcullis House and this guy ran up to us. Just before we got to the entrance he came up to me and attacked me.
Singh said, "He was pulling at my turban strongly. It half moved and I grabbed it. Before he could do anything else I shouted at him and he ran,"
He added, "He was a white man, but he didn't sound English. He said something like 'Muslim go back',".
Dhesi, who was to host Singh, expressed "disgust" at the incident and sought action against the culprit.
Disgusted to discover today that someone filled with hatred tried to pull off the turban of one of my guests standing in line outside @UKParliament. I hope the @metpoliceuk /authorities will take urgent action. https://t.co/0MRgdICPwa
— Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP (@TanDhesi) February 21, 2018
According to the report, the police have confirmed being alerted at 5.20 pm about the assault outside the building adjacent to the Houses of Parliament, which is home to offices for MPs and their staff.
Police said no arrest has been made so far and they were probing the case.