NEW DELHI: The High Commission of India in the United Kingdom has condemned “the violence erupted in UK’s Leicester against the Indian Community and sought immediate action against those involved in these attacks.
The commission urged the authorities to provide protection to those affected and also sought legal action against those responsible for vandalisation of premises and symbols of the Hindu religion.
“We have strongly taken up this matter with the UK authorities and have sought immediate action against those involved in these attacks. We call on the authorities to provide protection to the affected people,” the statement from the Indian High Commission said.
Radicals Attack Hindu Temple & youth, Publicly Tear & Burn Sacred Religious Flag😡in Leicester England. Attack Police too.Hatred being spread against Indians.Cancer of Radicalism spreading globally.Radicals turning England into Pakistan #HindusUnderAttack #HindusUnderAttackInUK pic.twitter.com/1e5oQeohNS— Jyot Jeet (@activistjyot) September 19, 2022
The recent series of incidents of violence between Hindu and Muslim groups in the city started since fans clashed following an India-Pakistan Asia Cup cricket match played in Dubai on August 28.
Meanwhile, Leicestershire Police has arrested 15 people. Police said that its operation in the east Leicester area affected by the disorder continues to prevent any further disorder. “The impact this disorder is having on our local communities is not acceptable,” the police statement said.
“We will not tolerate violence, disorder or intimidation in Leicester, and we continue to call for calm and dialogue. Our police operations and investigations continue with rigour and at scale,” it added.”Officers became aware of groups of young men gathering on Sunday afternoon in the North Evington area of the city. Officers spoke to them and took steps, including putting in place a temporary police cordon, to minimise harm and disturbance to communities,” the police said.
Our response to disorder in East Leicester pic.twitter.com/1alu5Q95er— Leicestershire Police (@leicspolice) September 18, 2022