Date: 28 Aug 2000
Abdul Bhatti was attacked at the Notting Hill Carnival.
He was beaten and kicked by a gang of up to 50 young men. Police filmed the group rampaging through the carnival shortly before Abdul Bhatti was attacked.
He was attacked by the gang in Blenheim Crescent at about 7.30pm which was the Monday Bank Holiday. It was said that members of the gang had first targetted Abdul Bhatti's friend who had been wearing a gold chain and that when he had tried to help him the gang had attacked him.
He was taken to hospital where he died the next day from a traumatic head injury. It was said that he had been kicked and punched and hit by a running blow as he had been trying to get away.
The police said that the gang were steaming, which was a way of running through a crowd whilst robbing them. The police said that the gang consisted mainly of black males aged between 15 to 25 and that they had been targeting Asian stall holders and throwing missiles including bottles and cans, at them.
Two people were arrested in relation to his murder, including a 16-year-old youth, but no one was charged.
Over the two days of the carnival, there were 278 crimes committed including two murders and other stabbings. A policeman said 'We are giving the impression it's safe to come to carnival and have a good time, but that's not the case. It's intimidating, it is hostile, and it can be very aggressive'.
Abdul Bhatti was a graduate and had been working as an insurance salesman in Hounslow.
Greg Watson was also murdered during the carnival in a separate murder that is also unsolved.