Following India’s victory against Pakistan in the 28 August T20 match of ongoing Asia Cup, Muslim gangs in what looks like a coordinated operation have been vandalising and terrorising Hindus in the UK’s Leicester city. Some Twitter users have shared videos of gangs, wholly comprising Muslims, escalating attacks on Hindus.
“Gangs running riot and escalating attacks on Hindus. Innocent Hindus have been terrorized in their own properties, there have been attempts to stab and there has been rampant vandalism of Hindu properties,” a Twitter user wrote.
A number of people were filmed making offensive statements amid scenes of violence in the Belgrave area of the city, LeicestershireLive reported. The local police are taking measures to contain the situation.
Leicestershire Police said it was treating chants made by the men and related violence as ‘hate crimes’. Police have put in place special stop and search and dispersal measure in neighbourhoods of Belgrave, Rushey Mead and Spinney Hills, among others.
Further, dispersal powers under Sections 34 and 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 of the UK have been authorised by Chief Superintendent Adam Slonecki. This allows officers to return anyone under the age of 16 to their home address.
Local media reports say notices can be issued for a period of up to 48 h and anyone found breaching the notice is liable to be arrested and face further action.
Besides, a senior officer has granted powers under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. This allows officers to stop and search anyone in a specific area without needing to have reasonable grounds.
An emergency meeting between religion-based communities has been convened. A Leicestershire Police officer was assaulted during the violence, local media says.
Suleman Nagdi, spokesman for the Federation of Muslim Organisations, said a meeting would be held with the police and other stakeholders to inform people what was going on and give reassurances to the community that they are taking things seriously.