IMAGES: Armed Sikhs protect gurdwara as UK riots flare
Local vigilante groups have been formed in various areas in London to protect homes and business establishments that have been vandalised by rioters -- mainly of Afro-Caribbean origin -- in London over the past four days. These include shops owned by businessmen of Indian origin in Harrow and Ealing.
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Image: Sikhs in Southall are out in force by the gurdwara in Southhall
'We are working alongside cops; they are stretched'
Amarjit Singh Klair from nearby Hounslow, who helped rally the men, told the Daily Mail, "We are working along side the police, they're doing what they can but they are stretched. Why shouldn't we defend our homes, businesses and places of worship? This is our area. There's lots of talk about it kicking off here. But we're ready for them."
Image: Sikhs gather outside the gurdwara in Southall
'Why shouldn't we protect our homes, gurdwaras'
An unnamed man told the paper: "They caught us off guard on Tuesday night but we still managed to get people together to protect the area. We saw them putting on their balaclavas preparing to jump out of three cars but we charged at them and managed to chase them off."
Image: Outside view of privately owned Gurdwara Miri-Piri, Southall