(Agency) London, UK’s Leicester has once again clashed between Hindus and Muslims. Clashes in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday left the city in serious disarray. Keeping this in mind, the police have appealed to both sides to maintain peace.
Reports on social media claimed that the matter escalated due to a protest this weekend. In video footage, police can be seen trying to stop two groups of mobs while glass bottles are thrown and some people can be hit with sticks and batons.
“We have received several reports of disorder in parts of the East Leicester area of the city,” Leicester Police acting chief constable Rob Nixon said in a video tweet. We have sent officials there and we are controlling the situation. Additional officials are also reaching there. Please don’t get involved. We are appealing for peace.
A woman witness said that the attackers were wearing a black mask. Their faces were covered. It looked like a crowd returning from a football match. Barricading was put up on the road by the police team. When the crowd attacked, the police tried to push them back.
According to the police, a large number of people were searched and 2 people were taken into custody. One of them is suspected of conspiracy to commit violent disorder and the other is suspected of possessing a blade-like object. “Police have been notified of a number of incidents of violence and loss and are investigating,” Leicester Police said in a statement.
On August 28, unrest broke out between local Hindu and Muslim groups following the match between India and Pakistan in Dubai. The Jaeta police had given a similar order earlier this month. Chief Constable Nixon said on Friday that a total of 27 arrests had been made as part of a ‘police operation in the East Leicester area’.