After Leicester, Mob Launches Violent Protest Outside Durga Bhawan Temple in UK’s Smethwick

After Leicester, Communal Violence Erupts In UK's Birmingham & Smethwick (Photo: Twitter)

New Delhi: Days after a mob vandalised a Hindu temple in Leicester, more than 200 people, allegedly belonging to the Muslim community attacked Durga Bhawan Hindu Centre in Smethwick and shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ slogans.

According to a post on Twitter, a bottle was thrown inside the premises of the Durga Bhawan Hindu Centre even as police looked on.

Another post on Twitter slammed the demonstration outside the centre and said that it was intimidating and frightening for local Hindus.

A Twitter user said that this was the awful treatment that British Hindus were somehow expected to tolerate.

The incident comes close on the heels of violent clashes that erupted in the eastern England city of Leicester after an India-Pakistan cricket match. There were also reports that a Hindu temple in the city was vandalised and a saffron flag was pulled down by unidentified persons.

Following this, the Indian High Commission in London issued a strongly worded statement condemning the violence against the Indian community and called for protection for those affected.

So far, 47 people have been arrested for alleged involvement in the Leicester riots.

(With Agency Inputs)


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