Scared would be understatement: UK’s Leicester riot witness

Leicester is a scary place to be in at the moment, Dishita Solanki, an eyewitness to the attack on a Hindu temple in the UK city, told India Today TV.

“At the moment it is happening predominantly in Leicester. There are other cities that are being targeted, like Nottingham and Birmingham. I have relatives staying in a lot of cities. I have had messages from all of them that there are spots within other cities as well. So, scared is a bit of an understatement. If your house was under attack when somebody’s going to knock your door down and people are walking around on the streets, shouting Allah-hu-Akbar, you would be petrified. Anybody would be petrified,” Solanki said.

“The reporting, I think, has been extremely unfair, to be honest, so far. It has been very anti-Hindu, if I can say that. The reports have been portraying as if the Hindus are the ones that are attacking. I am on the ground. I have seen it with my own eyes. I have been going around, giving support to the community for the past two-three days, the reporting is completely anti-Hindu and it is not a fair representation at all,” she added when asked if the media has been fair in their coverage of the violence in the UK city.

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A Hindu temple was vandalised and a saffron flag outside it was pulled down by unidentified people in East Leicester, triggering riots and violence in the UK city. The Leicestershire Police has initiated an investigation after a video of the incident surfaced online.

In the video, a man, dressed in black, is seen climbing atop a temple and pulling down a saffron flag, amid hooting and cheering by a group of people.

“We are aware of a video circulating showing a man pulling down a flag outside a religious building on Melton Road. This appears to have taken place while officers were dealing with nearby public disorder. We do not tolerate violence or disorder and are investigating the incident,” Leicestershire Police said, taking cognisance of the matter.

The vandalism incident took place as communal tensions flared between Hindu and Muslim groups following an India-Pakistan Asia Cup match last month.

So far, the police have arrested 15 people, including one for violent disorder and one for possession of a bladed weapon.

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