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Vivek Agnihotri surprised at ‘UK Police’s Navratri tweet’; ‘Who had thought…’ | Latest News India

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri shared a tweet on Friday that was apparently made by East Leicester police, days after violence broke out between Hindus and Muslims following a recent cricket match between India and Pakistan. The filmmaker shared the alleged tweet in which the police appeared to have ensured a strong police presence during the Navratri and Diwali celebrations, saying: “Who would have thought there would come a day when the Hindu community will need police protection to celebrate their most inclusive festivals?”

“This is proof enough that the enemy is around us and the threat is real,” the filmmaker said, tweeting the post from the unverified East Leicester Police account. “We encourage people to prepare normally for Navratri and Diwali. A visible and reinforced police presence will be there for all communities,” reads the text of the alleged police tweet.

This comes after the violence in Leicester that later spread to Birmingham, where a Hindu temple was attacked. The Indian High Commission condemned the violence and raised the matter with the authorities. “Our high commission remains in contact with the UK. We are in contact with diplomatic and security authorities to prevent further attacks and take action against perpetrators,” said Arindam Bagchi, spokesman for the Foreign Office. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar raised the issue with his British counterpart James Cleverly in New York.

British police have made 47 arrests following the violent clashes; a 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of an assault weapon during skirmishes.

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