So Police Don’t Respect Religious Difference After All?

A care service manager who had a tyre puncture in Hitchin town centre today came home to have armed police raid his house.

Blimey, that’s illegal now? I’d better confess, I had a flattie in 2007!

Fishponds Road and part of Bunyan Road were closed for more than an hour around lunchtime while police searched what has been Mr Rayat’s family home since 1979 – with his 17-year-old son Harkeert put against a wall and handcuffed too.

Harkeert said: “I unlocked the door, and the officer pointed his gun at me and told me to put my hands up – then he grabbed me and threw me against the wall.

“They had me out there on the main road, being searched in handcuffs.”

This is, of course, yet another false allegation, with someone knowing just how to push the police’s buttons:

“We’re quite well-known in the Sikh community here, so this was very embarrassing,” said Mr Rayat.

“It was such an ordeal. Just horrendous.”

The raid came about after someone called police to report a gunshot coming from Mr Rayat’s orange car – but the allegation changed more than once, with Mr Rayat’s family also falsely alleged to have made gesticulations from the vehicle.

You’d think that’d be a bit of a red flag, but no.

“People are on edge at the moment,” said Mr Rayat. “I get that, and I totally get what the police have done. But this just shows people have a real lack of understanding about who’s who.

We’re Sikhs. I don’t mean to point the finger at anyone else – but people should know who Sikhs are.

“I’m quite a strong person. I don’t really care – I know I’ve done nothing wrong, and we co-operated completely – but for the kids and my mum it’s another matter.

“To have such a ludicrous accusation made is quite hurtful. Fortunately, we’ve lived here so long people know us and what we’re like.”

Wow, Mr Rayat, better be careful there, they’ll be back to bang you up again, for ‘Islamophobia’!

The family are particularly upset that the officers ignored their request that they take off their shoes before entering a special upstairs room filled with Sikh religious items and texts – with bootprints clearly visible in the room after the raid was over.

That’s odd. We know how delicate the filth usually are towards religious sensibilities, don’t we? How comes Sikhs don’t get the same kid-glove treatment?

A police spokeswoman told the Comet: “Officers have a duty to act on information received and any reports involving firearms are taken very seriously.

“Police responded to a call at 12.09pm today from a member of the public who stated they had seen two men inside a car in Bunyan Road holding what they believed to be a firearm.

“Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Armed Policing Unit, the BCH Dog Unit and North Herts Intervention attended the location.

“Armed officers detained a man and entered a property before carrying out a search to ensure there were no people inside the address with a firearm.

“A search of the car was also carried out. It was quickly established that there were no firearms present and everything was in order.

“We would like to stress that the occupants of the address searched have not committed any offences, nor were any arrests made.

“We apologise for any offence caused by the search. However, our main priority is to protect both the safety of the public and the safety of our officers, and detain any person or persons who are illegally in possession of a firearm.”

I note you don’t apologise for the religious offence. You’d be bloody quick to do so had it been another group.

8 comments for “So Police Don’t Respect Religious Difference After All?

  1. Mudplugger
    September 1, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Bet they’d let him wear his turban on a motorbike, instead of an approved crash-helmet, as required for everyone else.
    Just another slice of religious favouritism – so it’s not just the Muzzies, is it?

  2. Ed P
    September 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Of course plod don’t have the name of the moron who imagined it all. I wonder if he/she was a “peaceful”? They have been known to pull dirty tricks against non-peacefuls before.

  3. September 1, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    If it had been an ‘effing Muslim bunch, there would have been one noticeable absentee from the Invasion Force: there would have been no Doggies.

    Same as all prisons in the UK, no drug-sniffing dogs allowed, because of the so-called ‘religious sensibilities’ of the Mossies!

  4. Hereward Unbowed.
    September 1, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Some very malignant mischief going on here, it should be noted in India just who are dead set against each other, personally speaking in my time I’ve known a few Sikh lads and no probs whatsoever even when we were sharing some pretty [what some might call] waycist joshing and then there are others who have no sense of humour at all, this may include Herts’ plod.

  5. September 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Give me a Sikh at my right hand, and I would ask for no other.

    • Judd
      September 2, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Couldn’t put it straighter than that.

  6. Dr Evil
    September 2, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I believe I heard a gunshot. I believe I saw a gun. Let’s be honest, most people have never handled or fired a hand gun. They wouldn’t recognise one if you hit them over the head with one. And if some daft twat of a member of the public uses the believe word you can bet they are deluded. I must remember the bit about gesticulation too. What is wrong with the police these days?

  7. September 2, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Its a bit like that deluded Fuzz who walked up behind this bloke because some woman claimed she had seen him holding a weapon, and then Tasered him.

    The weapon he was holding?

    A white stick; because the poor bastard was nearly blind.

    I believe he eventually got a grudging, one sentence, apology!

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