UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman met with native law enforcement officials and Hindu and Muslim group leaders in Leicester and warranted them that thugs behind current violent clashes would face the total pressure of the legislation.
During a go to to the japanese England metropolis on Thursday, the Indian-origin Cabinet minister was briefed by the Leicestershire Police chief and in addition leaders from native temples and mosques on the “serious disorder” which has resulted in 47 arrests. The dysfunction got here as tensions since an India-Pakistan cricket match on the finish of final month continued to spill over into this weekend.
“I met with Leicestershire Police officers, the Temporary Chief Constable for Leicestershire and local community leaders to discuss action being taken to protect local residents and restore safety and harmony in Leicester,” Braverman tweeted after her go to.
“We’ll work together on this, and I will do everything I can to support communities and our police. Those who bring disorder and thuggery to our streets will face the full force of the law and I thank all those brave police officers for keeping us safe,” she stated.
With reference to reviews of a protest by masked males exterior a temple in Birmingham earlier this week, the Home Secretary stated she had additionally spoken to the native West Midlands Police chief and that the scenario there continues to be monitored.
“I also spoke to Dave Thompson, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police today. I continue to monitor the situation and thank the police for their expert handling,” she stated.
Her intervention follows a number of appeals from inside the area people and parliamentarians to take motion towards extremist components behind the clashes.
“These targeted attacks were by Islamist extremists and have understandably generated a vast amount of fear, harm and disruption to the wider Hindu community across the UK,” stated Bob Blackman, Conservative Party MP Chair of the All Paty Parliamentary Group (APPG) of British Hindus, in his letter to Braverman.
Lord Dolar Popat, additionally from the APPG of British Hindus, referred to as on the minister to have interaction with the group so as to de-escalate issues.
“Let us not let a minority of people destroy the progress we have made and that have chosen to attack not only Hindu values but British values of being inclusive and championing religious freedom,” his letter reads.
Earlier, the Indian High Commission in London had strongly condemned the “violence perpetrated against the Indian community in Leicester and vandalisation of premises and symbols of Hindu religion”.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar additionally raised comparable issues throughout a gathering together with his UK counterpart, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, on the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.
Meanwhile, Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby has indicated plans for an unbiased evaluation into the circumstances behind the weekend’s violence.
“My intention is to have a review of what led up to the events at the weekend, and also to seek some independent thoughts on how we all council, police and communities can learn from this, and what we can do at a local level to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” Soulsby told the BBC.
It comes as the Leicestershire Police continues to issue appeals for calm and also reassure the community amid preparations for Hindu festivals coming up.
“We are encouraging people to prepare for Navratri and Diwali as normal. A visible and strengthened police presence will be there for all communities,” the pressure stated in an announcement.
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