THUGS have vandalised a memorial of a Sikh soldier simply days after it was unveiled in honour of hundreds of Indians who had been killed in each world wars.
Police say they’re treating the sick graffiti on the Lions of the Nice Warfare statue in Smethwick, Birmingham, as racially aggravated legal harm.
It was unveiled on November 4 – every week earlier than the centenary of the Armistice – however by Friday night time had been sprayed with the phrases “Sepoys no extra”.
The 10ft-high bronze statue was commissioned by Sikh temple Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick to mark the sacrifices made by South Asian servicemen of all faiths within the First and Second World Wars.
The time period “sepoy” refers to Indian troopers serving within the British or different European armies.
The phrases “of the Nice Warfare” from the statue’s title had been sprayed with a black line, whereas the phrases “1 jarnoil” had been graffitied on to the memorial.
This darkish picture exhibits the graffiti on the wall surrounding the brand new statue in Birmingham[/caption]
There was hypothesis on social media that the phrase might discuss with Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale – a controversial determine in Indian historical past thought of by some to be a terrorist who wished to create a Sikh state.
He was killed in 1984 in a gun battle with the Indian military after his organisation occupied the well-known Golden Temple complicated within the metropolis of Amritsar.
West Midlands Police mentioned they’re treating the incident as aggravated legal harm.
The drive mentioned CCTV is being recovered and officers are working with worshippers and administration on the temple.
Sergeant Invoice Gill, from the Smethwick Neighbourhood Crew, mentioned: “We perceive that this assault has brought about numerous concern locally, and we’re working to grasp the explanations behind it and establish whoever is accountable.
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“Officers had already deliberate to be on the remembrance occasion which is occurring tomorrow on the statue.
“I’d urge anybody with issues to talk to the officers attending the occasion.”
Anybody with any info is urged to contact West Midlands Police or name Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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