Reward to catch Sikh temple 'arsonist'
London, UK, May 17, 2009
Two months past, no body has been arrested and police
described this fire as suspicious.
NRI sikhs held a demonstration opposite the gurdwara
park and Jagmohan Singh, a trustee told media:
- Members of an east London Sikh temple have offered a £50,000
reward towards catching the culprit.
- They also in the process of raising at least £4 million
to rebuild the sikh temple and work had been already started
- This is not only attack on the building but was an attack
on the Sikh religion
- We are helping police by reward and assistance, so police
could do more
- The whole NRI sikh community won't sleep until the arsonist
We really appreciate the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee
(SGPC) which has sent a 'Darshani Chanani' from Sri Harmandar
Sahib to inaugurate the first Diwan at Gurdwara Sikh Sangat. They
also delivered chanani and rumalai sahib.
East London, Gurdwara Sikh Sangat in
Arsonist attacks Gurdwara Sikh Sangat in Bow, East London
of the building damaged in fire
London, UK, March 17, 2009
The Fire Brigade confirmed that 75 per cent of the East London,
Gurdwara Sikh Sangat in
has been badly damaged in a fire.
About 2pm, a group of 10 women in a prayer session, had spotted
the intruder who entered the Gurdwara and managed to escape just
before the fire started. First, the women thought he was a robberand
when women got upstairs, they discovered the fire raging. Women
described the suspected arsonist as being black or mixed-race. The
women managed to get to safety in the street as the flames swept
through the building.
More than 50 firefighters had been battling the flames for nearly
six hours and continued to pour water on the ruined structure. There’s
lots of smoke and huge flames coming out the top of the roof. Fire
experts and the police are carrying out investigations as to how
the fire started.
All the holy books are being destroyed.
The Gurdwara building is of historic significance and had previously
been both a Church and Synagogue and had been under renovation