‘Pakistan-origin youths’ target Hindu areas in Leicester


In a horrifying incident, Pakistani organised gangs were seen vandalising and terrorising Hindus in the UK’s Leicester City. The violence took place on August 28 after India won the match against Pakistan in the 2022 Asia Cup. Various videos and reports have been circulating on social media about further attacks following last weekend’s incident.  “Gangs running riot and escalating attacks on Hindus “Innocent Hindus have been terrorised in their own properties; there have been attempts to stab them, and there has been rampant vandalism of Hindu properties,” Rashami Samant, a human rights activist, tweeted.”Trouble in Leicester, UK. “Pakistani Muslims are targeting Hindu households, desecrating religious symbols, and using racist slurs (mushirks),” another Twitter user wrote. 

“Hindu Indians were attacked by Muslims in Leicester, UK.”After the Aug. 28 #INDvsPAK match” said another Twitter user. Meanwhile, an emergency meeting took place on Tuesday to discuss ongoing tension involving representatives from the communities involved, the police, and Leicester City Council.  Since then, more attacks have been reported. Suleman Nagdi, the spokesman for the Federation of Muslim Organizations, said, “A meeting will be held tomorrow with the police and other stakeholders to inform people what’s going on and give reassurances to the community that they are taking things seriously,” reported local media. 

He urged people to be careful what they post on social media. He said, “I’ve seen reports and videos of more attacks. Some could be old incidents, but some have been verified.” In one tweet this morning, a member of the public complained about more violence taking place, including an attack yesterday. He said, “Woke up to find out about another attack that took place last night in Leicester.”Take action before it escalates.” 

After the incident, Inspector Yakub Ismail, commander for the East Leicester Police, said the police were working to ensure such things did not happen again.