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Indian-American bar owner hailed as hero for helping arrest New York bomber

Harinder Bains, a bar owner in Linden found Ahmad Khan Rahami sleeping near his bar on Monday.

New Delhi, Sep 21 (UITV)- An Indian bar owner is being hailed as a “hero” for helping in catching Afghani American Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man accused in the weekend bombing in New York and New Jersey in which 29 people were wounded.

Harinder Bains, the owner of a bar in Linden found suspect sleeping in the doorway of his bar on Monday. Mr Bains said he thought it was “some drunk guy” but when he woke him, he recognized him as the man whose face had been flashed on repeat as the bombing suspect and called the police.

“I’m just a regular citizen doing what every citizen should do. Cops are the real heroes, law enforcement is the real heroes,” Bains said when he was told that he behaved like a hero.

When the police came, Rahami pulled out gun and started firing, shooting an officer in the chest. Rahami made a dash for it and shot at police car, leaving another policeman injured. He tried to escape but the chase ended when he was shot multiple times.

In his interview, he said that he called his friend and showed him the man to confirm. But in his mind, he said he kept associating the man with the bomber, whose photo was being flashed repeatedly by television.

Indian-American attorney Ravi Batra told PTI that Bains “dared to honour his Oath of Citizenship to protect and defend the constitution from enemies foreign and domestic – and it’s turns out that the Chelsea Presser Cooker Bomber suspect, a naturalized citizen, is caught by another immigrant, an Indian-American hero Sikh.”