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£50,000 reward offered to catch Sikh temple arsonists

PUBLISHED: 17:44 15 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:22 05 October 2010

The temple blaze on March 16

The temple blaze on March 16

SHOCKED members of London's Sikh community who watched their temple go up in flames in a suspected arson in March have pledged today to fight for justice with a £50,000 reward to track the culprits. The committee of East London's Gudwara Sikh Sangat at Harley Grove in Bow are treating the attack as "murder" because their holy books were destroyed

By Gemma Collins

SHOCKED members of London’s Sikh community who watched their temple go up in flames in a suspected arson in March have pledged today to fight for justice with a £50,000 reward to track the culprits.

The committee of East London’s Gudwara Sikh Sangat at Harley Grove in Bow are treating the attack as “murder” because their holy books were destroyed.

The community’s 14 Saroops, the Sikhs’ holy books, were lost as 40ft flames swept through the building and broke through the roof.

Committee members holding a news conference this-afternoon in a tent in the small park opposite claimed police could be doing more to catch those responsible.

ATTACK ON RELIGION

Temple trustee Jagmohan Singh said: “This is more than just an arson attack on the building. It was an attack on the Sikh religion itself.

“Police could be doing more—so we have to assist them with the reward. The community won’t sleep until the intruder is caught and brought to justice.”

The community pledged to rebuild the temple which could cost an estimated £4 million.

They also plan a march on May 24 to show the attack “will not be tolerated.”

A police investigation began after eye-witnesses reported an intruder in the temple moments before the blaze on March 16, but no arrests have been made.

Detectives are appealing to anyone with information to contact Limehouse CID on 020-7275 4750, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

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