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Sikh student claims door staff told him to leave bar because of turban

Amrik Amrik Singh, who's 22, says he was heartbroken and upset after being told to leave a bar in Mansfield because he was wearing a turban Credit: BPM

A Sikh student who claims he was told to leave a bar because of his turban has said he felt 'victimised' by the door staff.

Amrik Singh, 22, claims he was asked to leave Rush Late Bar in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, because he was wearing "headgear".

In a recording taken by Amrik of the alleged series of events, the Nottingham Trent University law student can be heard asking a bouncer why he has to leave.

The unnamed doorman replies "that's just our policy" and "I didn't think you were allowed to come for a drink anyway".

Amrik says door staff at Rush Bar in Mansfield told him to leave the bar because he was wearing 'headgear'. Credit: BPM

Amrik, who worked at Bhatia Best Solicitors on his university placement year, said he was "heartbroken" and "upset" following the incident at the Clumber Street venue.

Amrik said: "I had finished a module on my course and some people I used to work with at the solicitors said I should come up to Mansfield to celebrate.

"We decided to go out for some drinks and ended up in Rush late bar which was all fine, about half an hour into being there I got a tap on my shoulder and a bouncer just said to me 'take it off'.

"I was confused at first and then he said that I wasn't allowed to wear headgear in the venue and I shouldn't have been let in.

"I explained that a turban isn’t just headgear, but part of my religion and that it protected my hair - and that I was allowed to wear a turban in public.

"The bouncer ignored this and said I needed to take it off. I refused and was subsequently dragged away from my friends, which was humiliating and I felt victimised."

Amrik said he decided to film the incident after seeing a similar incident recently where a student at Nottingham Trent filmed racist chanting outside her door.

Amrik said: "I knew that if I recorded it I could prove it happened and seeing how other recent stories have become high profile though social media I knew that I couldn't just let this discrimination go ahead.

"The worst part of it was the fact he compared my turban to wearing a pair of trainers."

In a statement to Cllr Sonya Ward, who represents Labour in Mansfield, Rush Late Bar said that it was not their policy.

A representative for the bar told Cllr Ward: “Good morning, this is absolutely NOT our policy.

"We are investigating this incident and the security member in question has been suspended.”

The bar has been contacted for further comment.