Man ar­rested in con­nec­tion with UK gur­d­wara hate crime

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - Pra­sun Son­walkar let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

LON­DON: A man charged with bur­glary and caus­ing thou­sands of pounds of dam­age in the Guru Ar­jan Dev Gur­d­wara in Derby has been ar­rested and re­manded to prison cus­tody on Tues­day, the Der­byshire po­lice said.

Mo­hammed Ibrar, 31, who was also in­volved in an al­leged stab­bing in a shop af­ter the gur­d­wara in­ci­dent, ap­peared be­fore South­ern Der­byshire mag­is­trates’ court. The po­lice said they were called just be­fore 8.40am on Mon­day to re­ports that the Guru Ar­jan Dev Gur­d­wara in Stan­hope Street had been bro­ken into. An­other call min­utes later said a man had been stabbed in­side a shop in Nor­man­ton Road. A 41-year-old man was found in­jured.

Chief su­per­in­ten­dent David Cox said: “I know this is a very up­set­ting in­ci­dent not only be­cause this is a place of wor­ship but the al­leged ac­tions of the in­di­vid­ual in­volved have a wider im­pact across the com­mu­nity”.

“I am tak­ing this in­ci­dent very se­ri­ously and I have a team of de­tec­tives who are work­ing through the full cir­cum­stances of what has taken place”.

“This is be­ing treated as a hate crime. Through­out yes­ter­day and to­day we have been in con­tin­ued di­a­logue with the Sikh com­mu­nity and lo­cal of­fi­cers will be more vis­i­ble in the area to make sure both those as­so­ci­ated with the Gur­d­wara and the wider com­mu­nity feel safe”.

The at­tack on gur­d­wara was de­plored by many in the com­mu­nity. Labour MP Preet Kaur Gill re­gret­ted the in­ci­dent: “Very sad to see an at­tack on any place of wor­ship. Thoughts are with the Derby san­gat who have been pro­vid­ing 500 meals a day from Guru Ar­jan Dev Gur­d­wara”.

The In­dian con­sulate in Birm­ing­ham said: “We are deeply sad­dened by the at­tack…We hope all com­mu­ni­ties will stand to­gether in this time of dif­fi­culty to main­tain peace & har­mony in the spirit of uni­ver­sal broth­er­hood”.

The gur­d­wara said the hate­crime would not de­ter it from its ‘seva’ and ‘sim­ran’: “We will con­tinue the ser­vice the com­mu­nity with Lan­gar and con­tinue to stream live nit­nem (daily prayers). We will en­sure the safety of all our Se­vad­haars (vol­un­teers) and em­ploy­ees”.

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