1 arrested after protests outside Hindu temple in UK

1 arrested after protests outside Hindu temple in UK

An 18-year-old man has been arrested for possessing a knife. (Representative)

London:

UK police said on Wednesday that a man’s arrest and detention and search powers have resulted in a “minor disorder” during fireworks targeting police officers outside a Hindu temple in the city of Birmingham.

Videos of Tuesday’s protest outside the Durga Bhawan temple on Spawn Lane in the Smethwick area of ​​the West Midlands city were doing rounds on social media overnight, with groups of masked people shouting and throwing items. Police officers can be seen holding some of these masked men and trying to measure the fence of the temple.

“Following a protest in Smethwick last night (20 September), some minor disturbances occurred and one person was arrested,” West Midlands Police said in a statement.

“We had a pre-planned police presence near the temple in Spawn Lane, where fireworks and missiles were hurled at some of our officers. Thankfully no one was injured,” the police said. Number of cars being damaged.

An 18-year-old man, arrested for possessing a knife, is in custody for questioning on Wednesday.

“We are continuing to provide a visible police presence, working closely with faith leaders and partners throughout the community to provide reassurance. We will continue to monitor the situation locally and throughout the region,” police said.

The protest called for allegedly by local Muslim groups against the planned visit of a Hindu activist from India to a temple in Birmingham, announced by police earlier on Tuesday, was cancelled.

Local Sandwell police posted on Twitter, “We understand that this (protest) is in relation to concerns surrounding a speaker at the temple in Spawn Lane, but we have been informed that the event has been canceled and this person Not living in the UK.” Tuesday

The speaker is believed to be Sadhvi Ritambhara, the founder of Param Shakti Peeth, who was to travel from India to Britain. However, the protests continued despite announcements that there would be no such planned talks.

The clash in Birmingham follows a “serious disorder” between Hindu and Muslim groups in the eastern England city of Leicester in the wake of an India-Pakistan cricket match late last month. This has resulted in 47 arrests in the past few weeks and on Tuesday community leaders gathered outside a mosque in the city to appeal for harmony.

The Indian High Commission in London on Monday strongly condemned the attacks on Indian expatriate communities in Leicester, and the Pakistan High Commission in London on Tuesday issued its condemnation of the attacks on its expatriates.

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