Earlier this year, in late August, communal clashes broke out in Leicestershire, the post the India-Pakistan match taking place in Dubai. Previously 47 people were arrested in the aftermath of the clashes and now 12 more are added t the list.
These arrests are made concerning the match. The first arrest was made on December 8th after a person was suspected of violent disorder in an incident on May 22nd, 2022, in Harewood Street, Leicestershire.
The British Police have updated that all the recently arrested 12 have some charge of violence against them. Inspector Rob Arthur, Leicestershire Police, the lead investigation officer, shared the information after the arrests were made.
Detective Chief Inspector Arthur Rob was quoted by India Today stating, “We’ve been working hard behind the scene reviewing the CCTV footage and all the hours of body-worn video from officers who were working and making IDs of those who may be involved.” He added, “This work has led us to be able to make these arrests and bring these people into custody in order to get their accounts. It’s work that has taken time, due to the nature of it, and it’s work we’ll be continuing to carry out.”
It is suspected that the communal clash broke loose after the India-Pakistan Asia Cup 2022 match in Dubai where India had a near-death victory in late August. Large groups of local Hindus and Muslims started to butt heads after the nerve-wracking match.
The Indian High Commission in London in the aftershock of this clash condemned the violence that took place. The HC in London stated, “Strongly condemn the violence perpetrated against the Indian community in Leicester and vandalization of premises and symbols of Hindu religion.”