WASHINGTON - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) office in  Chicago has called for hate crime charges to be brought against the alleged perpetrator of an attack on a Sikh-American man in Darien, Illinois, who was reportedly called a "terrorist" and "Bin laden" during the assault.

Inderjit Singh Mukker, 53, was on his way to the grocery store in Darien, a Chicago suburb, Wednesday when the driver of another vehicle allegedly got out, reached into Mukker's car and punched him repeatedly in the face. Mukker was taken to the hospital and treated for a fractured cheekbone, lacerations and other injuries.

"This heinous and brutal attack against Mr. Mukker for no other reason than his religious appearance is not only a violation of his human sanctity or that of the Sikh community, but that of all Americans and every person of conscience. It is in fact an attack against America. We call on authorities to charge this regrettable incident as a hate crime.

We vow to redouble our efforts to challenge the hate and misperception that continue to make such senseless acts possible," CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab said in a statement. CAIR has repeatedly condemned attacks on and discrimination against American Sikhs.