A Gurdwara in the English city of Derby was destroyed in an apparent hate crime incident on Monday. According to Indian government sources, a man of Pakistani origin was arrested for causing several thousand pounds of damage in Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara, about 200 km from London.
The man also left a note of cashmere on the walls of the Gurdwara, according to the communique received from New Delhi. "Try to help the Kashmiris, otherwise worry everyone," was the message along with a phone number.
Local police said the arrested man was a Pakistani citizen and had launched an investigation.
"When the attack started, it was time for kirtan (prayer), but due to the ban, nobody was in the Gurdwara," a senior government official told NDTV.
According to him, the daily kirtan is streamed live today due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the ban.
Security cameras from the incident that NDTV is accessing show the man breaking into the Gurudwara windows.
Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara also made a statement saying, "This morning at 6:00 a.m., one person entered the Gurdwara area and caused thousands of pounds of damage … We can confirm that no one was injured and that the Cleanup process has started. ""
The Guruwara has provided nearly 400-500 people with Langar in the COVID-19 crisis every day. It also provides help to all frontline workers in the region, an official in New Delhi said.