Syed dies after trying to break up fight outside his restaurant
PUBLISHED: 22:08 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010
A WAITER died trying to break up a brawl outside an Indian restaurant in London’s East End involving up to 20 youths. IT student Syed Islam died in hospital after a fighting at the Maida restaurant in Bethnal Green last Thursday night
By Else Kvist
WAITER Syed Islam died trying to break up a brawl outside an Indian restaurant in London’s East End involving up to 20 youths.
IT student Syed died in hospital after a fighting at the Maida restaurant in Bethnal Green.
The 28-year-old who was a part-time waiter working his way through college was trying to break up the fight between rival groups on Thursday night.
Two youths involved in the brawl were also treated in hospital, but were later allowed home.
One of them, a 17-year-old, was later arrested in connection with Syed’s death along with six others.
Syed arrived from Pakistan just a few months ago to take up his IT studies and had been living briefly with his friend Shahid Hussain and his wife in Bethnal Green.
“He was the best man at my wedding—a brilliant friend,” said Shahid. “We knew each other from Pakistan and from when we both lived in Cyprus. We had just been to France together.”
Syed’s siblings in Rawalpindi have been informed of his death. But his parents have not yet been told, according to family friend Shagusta Pervaiz.
“His mother is so frail and the family are worried this could kill her,” she said.
“The family is still trying to break the news to his dad, who is not in that good health either.”
Two youths appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with Syed Islam’s murder, 18-year-old Mohammed Shaubuzzaman from Wyllen Close in Mile End and 19-year-old Bahar Uddin from Rosebury House on Bethnal Green’s Park View Estate. Five others have been bailed to return to police at a later date.
Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the fighting outside the Maida restaurant in Bethnal Green Road last Thursday, between 7.30 and 8pm, to call the Incident Room on 020-8345 3734.
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