Hindu Temple In Leicester: India has strongly condemned the vandalism and violence against the Indian community in Leicester, United Kingdom. The Indian High Commission in London said in its statement today that we have taken this matter firmly with the UK authorities and called for immediate action against those involved in these attacks. We call upon the authorities to provide protection to those affected.
Leicester Police said in a statement that 15 people had been arrested so far for their involvement in the violence. Leicester Police said they were investigating a flag being dropped outside a religious site on Melton Road.
— India in the UK (@HCI_London) September 19, 2022
Hindu groups raised slogans of Jai Shri Ram
Some videos on social media also showed protesting Hindu groups raising slogans of Jai Shri Ram. The other side accused these groups of vandalizing properties owned by Muslims in Leicester. Leicester Police have called for peace from both sides.
Our policing operation in the East Leicester area continues. There have been no further reports of disorder. We would like to thank the local community for their support in reducing tensions. Please report any incidents by phoning 101 or online via https://t.co/21NeszC2Pp pic.twitter.com/akN7LVrLmx
— Leicestershire Police (@leicspolice) September 19, 2022
Clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups have come to the fore in the city after fans clashed after the India-Pakistan Asia Cup cricket match played in Dubai on August 28. The local police said that we will not tolerate violence, disorder or threats in Leicester. At the same time continue to call for peace and dialogue. Our investigation is continuing at large.
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Police said that several police forces, including mounted police units, have been deployed to bring matters under control. Dispersal and stop-and-search powers have also been used to restore peace.