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"Fantastic turnout" for Leicester's Vaisakhi parade

A spokesperson for the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance has praised the "fantastic turnout" at today's parade to mark the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.

People lining the streets of Leicester for today's Vaisakhi parade Credit: Leicestershire Sikh Alliance

Amandeep Rai said of today's celebrations:

"The turnout at today's Nagar Kirtan is fantastic, the atmosphere, the colour and the joyous spirit is inspirational. It's also good to see various dignitaries such as Jon Ashworth MP and Assistant City Mayor Rory Palmer in attendance."

The festival celebrates the founding of the Sikh faith more than 500 hundred years ago Credit: Leicestershire Sikh Alliance
Members of the Leicester Sikh Alliance today Credit: Leicestershire Sikh Alliance

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Midlands Sikhs call for independent inquiry into Amritsar massacre

Previously secret documents indicate an SAS officer helped the Indian authorities Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sikhs from the Midlands are calling for an independent inquiry into British involvement in an attack on the golden temple, in India, in 1984 and will protest outside 10 Downing Street today.

Hundreds died during the attack and Sikhs are now demanding more answers about the extent to which British special forces advised Indian commanders before the assault.

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said earlier this month that military advice given to the Indian government in 1984 had 'limited impact'.

Midlands MP calls for clarity on Golden Temple siege

MP for West Bromwich says he's constituents deserve clarity on the Golden Temple siege in Amritsar 30 years ago. He says he's demanding a statement in the House of Commons.

READ: Midlands MP calls for statement on new Amritsar claims

The story is creeping out the Indian news media have recently done a story to say the forces planned a kidnap and extraction raid at a hostel. My constituents deserve more than that now that the cat is out of the bag and I'm demanding a statement in the House of Commons on Monday morning.

Midlands MP calls for statement on new Amritsar claims

Golden temple siege Credit: ITV News

Tom Watson - the Labour MP for West Bromwich - has called on the government to make an 'urgent statement' about new claims of British Government involvement in a attack on Sikhs in India 30 years ago.

It comes after an Indian TV station suggested that SAS officers trained Indian forces before the Golden Temple siege in Amritsar.

The Prime Minister has said he is investigating but Tom Watson wants the government to address the House of Commons immediately.

Thousands raised for Typhoon Haiyan victims

Community raises thousands for Typhoon Haiyan victims Credit: West Midlands Police

Local children joined forces with the West Midlands Police Sikh Association and Khalsa Aid - a humanitarian relief charity to raise more than £3000 for victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The event included prayers and hymns as well as guest speakers and exhibitions showing the work of Khalsa Aid.

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