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Vigil held in Leicester in solidarity with Punjab protests

A vigil was held at Leicester's Clock Tower last night by members of the Sikh community in solidarity with those affected by recent protests in India.

Two people were killed by police in demonstrations across the Punjab over the desecration of the Sikh holy book.

Vigil in Leicester in solidarity with Punjab protesters

People from across the Midlands attended a candlelight vigil this evening, in memory of two Sikhs killed by police after their holy scripture was destroyed.

Torn up copies of the holy book were found in parts of the northern Indian state of Punjab last week leading to widespread protests by Sikhs, who claim that those responsible are not being brought to justice.

Nimesh Joshi reports.

Sikh Community holds vigil for people killed in Punjab

A candlelight vigil will be held in Leicester today for the people killed and injured in Punjab in India.

Two people were killed by police in demonstrations across the Punjab Credit: Sikh Channel

Members of the Sikh community will gather at Leicester's Clock Tower in solidarity today with those affected by recent protests in India.

Two people were killed by police in demonstrations across the Punjab over the desecration of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib.

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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

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.

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