London Gurdwara Damaged by Fire

skih_temple_fire_415x275.jpgRecent news from East London is that Gurdwara Sikh Sangat has been substantially destroyed in an attempted arson attack. An official statementof the Executive Committee of the Gurdwara Sikh Sangat states that,

On Monday the 16th March 2009 at approximately 1.30pm, whilst some women were attending a Satsang a male person unknown to the worshipers entered the Temple through a side entrance. One of the worshipers came from the main hall and confronted the intruder coming down from the top floor and inquired why he was in the building. He replied that he had come to meet someone and then ran out.

Shortly after a fire was discovered coming from the top floor Sachkhand room (this room is where the Guru Grant Shaibs/holy books are kept) within the Temple complex. [link]

Most of the gurdwara’s roof has collapsed and the communityfears that allbut one of theGranth’skept inside the gurdwarahave been destroyed. The women who were in the gurdwara at the time were able torescue one Granth from the flames, but unfortunately not the others.

“I can’t describe how important those holy books were to the Sikh community,” he added. Kulvinder Singh Virk, 26, who runs a local off-licence and is also a member of the temple, said: “This is very personal for us. It’s as if a member of our family has been burnt to death.” [link]

One worshipper said that in the past few weeks he had noticed racist graffiti on one of thegurdwara’s outer walls.


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25 Responses to “London Gurdwara Damaged by Fire”

  1. Jasdeep says:

    How sad that the bir's were destroyed!

  2. Jasdeep says:

    How sad that the bir’s were destroyed!

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  5. Rabinder Singh says:

    shame to the cowrds , who had done this , the sikhs are known

    to protect the people from crime , but how safe are the gurudwara sahibs at out of india , in india sikhs not only protect their own

    releigion but also help the needy wheather those belong to any relegion, shame once , we request to ploice of London to arrest

    the same and should file the case of Murder .

  6. Rabinder Singh says:

    shame to the cowrds , who had done this , the sikhs are known
    to protect the people from crime , but how safe are the gurudwara sahibs at out of india , in india sikhs not only protect their own
    releigion but also help the needy wheather those belong to any relegion, shame once , we request to ploice of London to arrest
    the same and should file the case of Murder .

  7. Khushwant Singh says:

    Some people say it's a scam. And blame politics, ie. gurdwara committee is to be blamed.

    We need not to loose our temper, I know its easier said than done. And the culprits would be done for this horrendous act.

    At present one of few thing we could do is take part in the chaupayee sahib being read by thousands.

    http://www.chaupaisahib.org/

  8. Khushwant Singh says:

    Some people say it’s a scam. And blame politics, ie. gurdwara committee is to be blamed.

    We need not to loose our temper, I know its easier said than done. And the culprits would be done for this horrendous act.

    At present one of few thing we could do is take part in the chaupayee sahib being read by thousands.

    http://www.chaupaisahib.org/

  9. Jasmeet says:

    We should raise this issue to all over world and find culprits . If we sit quit , it may happen again .

    Jasmeet

    New Del.

  10. Jasmeet says:

    We should raise this issue to all over world and find culprits . If we sit quit , it may happen again .
    Jasmeet
    New Del.

  11. mann says:

    waheguruji…..its koorr kaljug,,this kind of things will sure hapen..wen our own religion trying to vanished sikh dharam so its nt suprising othr religion try 2 do so !!!!!yes de prsn who did this should be punished.. thats all for now,,</<strong>NANAK NAAM CHARDI KELAA TERE PANEY SARBATT DA PELAA

  12. mann says:

    waheguruji…..its koorr kaljug,,this kind of things will sure hapen..wen our own religion trying to vanished sikh dharam so its nt suprising othr religion try 2 do so !!!!!yes de prsn who did this should be punished.. thats all for now,,</NANAK NAAM CHARDI KELAA TERE PANEY SARBATT DA PELAA

  13. Ranjit Singh Kahlon says:

    SINGHO JAGO – JAGO

    POLTICS TAYAGO

    I belive that this happened by order of SARSE WALE and BADAL DI RAJNITEEEE.

    SINGH BANO, JATHEDARI, PARDHANAGI (ETC) TEYAGO

    Panth ka Das

    Ranjit Singh Kahlon

    Chandigarh

  14. Amandeep Singh says:

    Its really shameful and the culprits shud be kept free because waheguru ji will give justice in his own way.

  15. Ranjit Singh Kahlon says:

    SINGHO JAGO – JAGO

    POLTICS TAYAGO

    I belive that this happened by order of SARSE WALE and BADAL DI RAJNITEEEE.

    SINGH BANO, JATHEDARI, PARDHANAGI (ETC) TEYAGO

    Panth ka Das

    Ranjit Singh Kahlon
    Chandigarh

  16. Amandeep Singh says:

    Its really shameful and the culprits shud be kept free because waheguru ji will give justice in his own way.

  17. SARBJOT SINGH says:

    I am from punjab ,although in india media is really so vast and so fast,

    but still there has been no influence on this issue in punjab,its really shamefull

    i request all the people to raise this issue so that we can fight for our pride

    BOLE SO NIHAL …………..PLZ EH JAKARA PURA KARO TE SIKH Religion nu jo lok khatam karan di kosish kar rahe han ohna nu roko

  18. SARBJOT SINGH says:

    I am from punjab ,although in india media is really so vast and so fast,

    but still there has been no influence on this issue in punjab,its really shamefull

    i request all the people to raise this issue so that we can fight for our pride

    BOLE SO NIHAL …………..PLZ EH JAKARA PURA KARO TE SIKH Religion nu jo lok khatam karan di kosish kar rahe han ohna nu roko

  19. hello i know that is soooo wrong i know it is some oneagainst our religion which is so sad but Waheguru will punish whoever done that i hate that person who done that !!!!!!

  20. hello i know that is soooo wrong i know it is some oneagainst our religion which is so sad but Waheguru will punish whoever done that i hate that person who done that !!!!!!

  21. Bee Singh Bee says:

    Hi everyone, I work in east London and I could see the fire from my office window. Witnesses said that a black/mixed race man was seen running from the building. Although this episode is quite upsetting, it's still unusual for "outside" people to target Sikh gurdwaras. It seems that it's either a racist attack by a local man or it's an "inside job" as sometimes happen when gurdwara committee members start fighting with each other. I hope this is not true but time will tell if/when the police catch the arsonist and he talks.

  22. Bee Singh Bee says:

    Hi everyone, I work in east London and I could see the fire from my office window. Witnesses said that a black/mixed race man was seen running from the building. Although this episode is quite upsetting, it’s still unusual for “outside” people to target Sikh gurdwaras. It seems that it’s either a racist attack by a local man or it’s an “inside job” as sometimes happen when gurdwara committee members start fighting with each other. I hope this is not true but time will tell if/when the police catch the arsonist and he talks.

  23. Gurjap Singh says:

    Hi Langar hall readers

    Firstly, it is very sad to hear that this incident has occurred and especially that a Gurdwara – a holy place of worship where one should feel truly safe has been attacked.

    However, i agree with an above comment and that people (esp our community) should not jump to any conclusions as to what happened. Anyone who sees this as an excuse to now target the black community or pakistani community in an act of vengence obviously does not know the meaning of being a Sikh.

    Is it me though, or does it seem very strange that if this supposedly was an outside intruder how would he/she know where our holy books are kept and where to go to find them?? Also, why would they target the books? If this truly was an arson attack, wouldn't 'they' have just set fire to the gurdwara and been content with the destruction caused by that?

    The truth will come out in time….

  24. Gurjap Singh says:

    Hi Langar hall readers

    Firstly, it is very sad to hear that this incident has occurred and especially that a Gurdwara – a holy place of worship where one should feel truly safe has been attacked.

    However, i agree with an above comment and that people (esp our community) should not jump to any conclusions as to what happened. Anyone who sees this as an excuse to now target the black community or pakistani community in an act of vengence obviously does not know the meaning of being a Sikh.

    Is it me though, or does it seem very strange that if this supposedly was an outside intruder how would he/she know where our holy books are kept and where to go to find them?? Also, why would they target the books? If this truly was an arson attack, wouldn’t ‘they’ have just set fire to the gurdwara and been content with the destruction caused by that?

    The truth will come out in time….