LONDON – Twenty-four Indo-Brits are among the nearly 3,000 suspects being tried for last year’s shocking riots in London and other towns of England, new analysis of data shows, contradicting the belief that Asians had stayed away from the violence.
The cases of those arrested are continuing in various courts, but figures released by the Ministry of Justice show that as of February 1, 2012, the number of suspects was 2710, of whom 89 per cent were male.
The presence of Indian-origin and other Asians among the suspects contradicts reports at the time that youngsters from the community had stayed away from the disturbances, and only members of the White and Black communities were involved.
The riots sparked by the police shooting of black youth Mark Duggan on August 4, 2011 in London led to considerable financial and reputation loss as images of shops and rampaging mobs were beamed live on television across the globe.
The figures show that 41 per cent of those brought before the courts identified themselves as being from the White group, 39 per cent from the Black ethnic group, 12 per cent the Mixed ethnic group, six per cent the Asian ethnic group, and two per cent the Chinese or other ethnic group.
Of the Asian suspects, there were 24 suspects who identified themselves as ‘British-Indian’, and appeared at first hearings in courts.