UK: Sikh man accused of stabbing two people at a community event, sent to police custody
Two people were stabbed to death during a community event in Southall, west London. In which a 25-year-old Sikh man has now been accused of murder. Gurpreet Singh London was produced at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court and remanded in custody. At present the police are investigating the matter.
A 25-year-old Sikh man has been charged with stabbing two people to death during a community event in Southall, west London. This information was given by the Metropolitan Police.
It said that Gurpreet Singh appeared at Uxbridge Magistrate Court in London and was charged with a number of offenses.
Police said on Thursday that the charges included one count of attempted grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent, two counts of GBH with intent, one count of assault, one count of threatening with a bladed object, and possession of a bladed object. Two cases are included.
Singh, 25, has been remanded in custody and asked to appear at Isleworth Crown Court in London on 14 September.
The incident reportedly happened during a community event related to Indian Independence Day in Southall on Tuesday night, with videos circulating on social media showing clashes between some pro-Khalistani extremists and police officers chasing the suspects.
Metropolitan Police Superintendent Sean Lynch, responsible for neighborhood policing in Ealing, west London, said: "I believe this incident must have caused great concern in Southall and the Sikh communities in and around London, which are otherwise largely isolated." It was a peaceful and celebratory event.
“Our investigation is on,” he said. We are aware of footage circulating on social media, as well as people commenting on what they think happened. We would urge people to refrain from repeating or speculating. None of the injured have been seriously hurt and there have been no deaths.
Another man in his 20s was also arrested from the scene but was released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Police said a female officer involved in detaining one of the arrested men suffered a minor hand injury but did not require hospital treatment.
The investigation into the incident is being led by Metropolitan Police detectives from West Area CID. The orders given regarding the authorized section 35 to disperse the crowd in the area have been withdrawn.