Post the twin attacks in London – the first one in Manchester and then in London Bridge and the Borough Market, witnessed a lot of SIKH hospitability. The Sikh community opening its doors to those caught up in the terror attacks.
The Sikh temples in Manchester, Ramgarhia Sikh Gurdwara Temple, Singh Sabha Gurdwara North East London and Khalsa Centre and the Tooting Gurdwara offered food and shelter to people left stranded by the bombing that struck young music fans as they left an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Members of the community with placards reading “I Love MCR” were among the most conspicuous in Tuesday evening’s vigil in Manchester, attended by thousands of people mourning the 22 killed in the Manchester Arena blast. Similarly the Gurdwaras in London also opened their doors for victims stranded after the second terror attack in the city by offering them shelter and food.
According to a Sikh social worker, “Gurdwara means ‘Guru’s door’, and all are open to all people, regardless of faith, race or gender. The Sikh community has historically been one people in need could turn to”.
In Manchester, the US Pop singer Ariana Grande's concert was attacked which killed around 22 people and wounded 59 others. While in London, three knife-wielding attackers wearing fake suicide vests unleashed a terror rampage through the central London, plowing a van into pedestrians on the iconic London Bridge and then running to a nearby market where they randomly stabbed multiple people, killing seven and injuring 48.