Attacks Against UK Gurdwaras Decried By India as "Against the Spirit of Pluralism"

July 10, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

On July 10, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "India has expressed shock over reports that a mosque and two Sikh temples had been attacked by arsonists in Britain following this week's multiple bomb blasts in London.

'We have seen reports of attacks on Islamic places of worship in the wake of the events of July 7 in the United Kingdom,' a government spokesman said in an e-mailed statement on Sunday.

'Such shocking attacks go against the spirit of pluralism and religious freedom which the United Kingdom upholds. We would hope that the perpetrators of these attacks will be expeditiously apprehended and every effort be made for the maintenance of peace and religious harmony in the United Kingdom.'

Arsonists set a mosque in northwest England on fire on Saturday, police said, two days after a string of bomb attacks across London killed at least 50 people.

There were also reports in the Indian media Sunday that a Gurudwara -- a Sikh temple -- had been vandalised in an arson attack in Leeds.

According to the spokesman, two Sikh temples were attacked."