A 67-year old Indian, originally hailing from West Bengal, is fighting for his life after a mob mercilessly beat him in a racial attack in south London.

Kolkata-born Ekram-ul-Haque was battered to the ground in front of his five-year-old granddaughter as they returned from a local south London mosque, police said.

Three teenage boys have been charged with assaulting Haque and a man in his 40s near Tooting, an area dominated by Asians.

The victim's granddaughter Marian, who was unhurt in the incident, gave a detailed account of the incident which took place on August 31. Police have sought help of eye witnesses.

Scotland Yard on Monday said the assault was being treated as "racially motivated."

A report in the Daily Mail quoted doctors saying Mr. Haque, who is on a ventilator, has no chance of survival. Mr. Haque has been a resident of London since the early 1980s. Mr. Haque's 35-year-old son described the attack as "mindless violence."

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