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Vancouver baggage handler suffers spinal injuries in YVR attack

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Amit Prasad, a 36-year-old baggage handler, says he was jumped by six men in the YVR parking lot

Amit Prasad, a 36-year-old baggage handler, says he was jumped by six men in the YVR parking lot on Monday. GoFundMe

A 36-year-old baggage handler is in hospital with spinal injuries after he was allegedly attacked by six men at Vancouver International Airport on Monday.

Amit Prasad, a father of four, says he was jumped by a group of men in the YVR parking lot as he was leaving work.

“I was walking towards my car after work .. I was attacked by six guys. They kicked my back so hard that I have fracture (my spine) in three places,” Prasad wrote on GoFundMe page, set up to assist his family while he recovers in hospital.

Richmond RCMP confirmed that its officers responded to an assault in progress just before midnight on Monday at the international terminal building’s east parking lot.

“A 36-year old male from Vancouver was located suffering from injuries consistent with a physical altercation,” Cpl. Dennis Hwang said in a statement.

A suspect vehicle was seen leaving the scene and stopped by police.

Hwang says additional officers were also dispatched to Surrey where a 20-year-old man, who was known to police, was arrested.

His name was not released.

“Both the victim and assailant are known to each other,” said Hwang, who added more arrests may be forthcoming.

Prasad told CTV News that he had recently denied a subordinate a handful of smoke breaks.

Strategic Aviation, the company in charge of ground handling and Prasad’s employer, could not be reached for comment on Saturday.

As of 7 p.m. Saturday, Prasad’s GoFundMe page has raised more than $2,700.

Prasad said the money will be needed to care for his family while he recovers from injuries that have limited him from walking and working.

“I’m a father of four children (aged) from two to 16 years old. I’m the only working person in my family,” he said.

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