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A Pakistani Man Attacked Sikh's Guru Arjan Dev Shrine In England, Arrested
A Pakistani man has been arrested after he attacked the Sikh Shrine of Guru Arjan Dev in England's Debry. He was involved in mobilizing Sikhs against India over Kashmir feud.
Pakistani Man Arrested For Attacking Sikh Shrine In England
New Delhi: A Pakistani man, who was trying to mobilize Sikhs against India over Kashmir in England, attacked the Guru Arjan Dev shrine in Derby on Monday morning. He was later identified and arrested.
As per the statement of the gurdwara, at around 6 a.m., "an individual entered the gurdwara premises causing thousands of pounds of damage. We can confirm that no individual was injured and that the clean-up process has begun."
The gurdwara described the vandalization of the shrine as a hate crime. The CCTV footage of the person, copies of which were accessed by the IANS, showed smashed glass doors of the gurdwara, glass shards scattered all over the floor, and a man inside the premises.
The vandal left a hand-written note in broken English on a piece of paper in the gurdwara, making an appeal to Sikhs to "help people in Kashmir". Strangely, besides scribbling ''Pak Allah Pak'' in a corner of the paper, he had also provided a phone number.
Police later identified the man and arrested him, sources told news agency IANS.
In its statement, the shrine authorities said, "This hate crime or any sort of crime against a Sikh will never deter us in our practice of Seva (service) and Simran (prayer). We will continue the service for the community with langar and continue to stream live nitnem (daily prayers). We will ensure the safety of all our sevadars (volunteers) and employees."
The shrine is dedicated to the fifth of the 10 Sikh gurus who compiled the first official edition of the Sikh scripture ''Adi Granth''.
Attacks on Indians and Indian-origin people in London are rampant. Last year in August, Indians, and people of Indian origin, who had gathered outside the Indian High Commission in London to celebrate the 73rd Independence Day of India, were abused and pelted with eggs and water bottles by Pakistan-sponsored protesters.