The local police have informed that the man held for the vandalising of Gurudwara is of Pakistan origin and they have launched further investigation.
Derby| In an apparent incident of hate crime, a Gurudwara in the English city of Derby was vandalized on Monday. Sources in the Indian government said, as per the information received, a man of Pakistani origin has been held for causing damages worth thousands of pounds at the Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara, approximately 200 km away from London.
According to the communique received by New Delhi, the man also left a note on the wall of Gurudwara mentioning Kashmir. “Try to help Kashmir people otherwise problem everyone,” the note read along with a phone number.
The local police have informed that the man held for this offense is of Pakistani origin and they have launched further investigation.
“When the attack took place, it was time of kirtan (prayer) but due to lockdown, no one was in the gurdwara,” a senior government official told the news channel NDTV.
As per the official, due to COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, the daily kirtan is live-streamed on the internet these days.
Security camera footage of the incident shows the man breaking the Gurudwara’s window.
“This morning at 6 am an individual entered the Gurdwara premises causing thousands of pounds of damage… We can confirm that no individuals were injured and that the clean-up process has begun,” The Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara said in a statement.
Almost 400-500 people are provided with food every day amid the COVID-19 crisis by the Gurudwara’s Langar. It is also providing help to all the frontline workers in the area, an official in New Delhi informed.