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Hindu temple vandalised, saffron flag taken down in riot-hit Leicester in UK | Video

The Leicestershire Police have taken cognisance of the matter and started investigation.

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In Short

  • The incident occurred at East Leicester in the United Kingdom.
  • The Leicestershire Police said the incident occurred when officers were dealing with public disorder nearby
  • Communal tension has been rife between Hindu and Muslim groups in the area after a cricket match

By India Today Web Desk: A Hindu temple was vandalised and a saffron flag outside it was pulled down by unidentified people in East Leicester in the United Kingdom. The Leicestershire Police has initiated an investigation after a video of the incident surfaced online.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, a man clothed in black can be seen getting atop a building and pulling down a saffron flag amid hooting and cheering by a group of people.

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The Leicestershire Police have taken cognisance of the matter. "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."

The vandalism incident took place amid communal tensions between Hindu and Muslim groups following an Asia Cup match last month in which India defeated Pakistan.

The police called for calm after clashes between fans following an India-Pakistan Asia Cup cricket match at the end of last month spilled over into "serious disorder" on Saturday and the early hours of Sunday in East Leicester.

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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