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#HateCrime: Leicester man on trial for AXE ATTACK on Namdhari Sikh guru

A Leicestershire man has gone on trial accused of attacking the spiritual head of the global Sikh Namdhari community at a Gurdwara in Leicester last year.

Harjit Singh Toor, 27, attacked Sri Satguru Singh Ji at the Namdhari Temple on August 11 in a "religiously motivated hate attack" according to prosecutors.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that Sri Satguru suffered a broken arm and facial injuries when Toor attacked him with an Axe hours after the spiritual guru had arrived in the UK.

Toor, a devout orthodox Sikh, reportedly disguised himself as a Namdhari in white dress and turban to gain entry into the temple with a 3 ft axe concealed inside his shawl.  

He then proceeded to a podium where Sri Satguru was addressing an audience and attacked him, proclaiming that he did not believe in a "living guru".

The Namdhari community differs from the mainstream community in that Namdharis believe in a succession of Gurus since Sikkhism's creator Guru Gobind Singh whilst orthodox Sikhs believe that the Guru Granth Sahib - the Sikh holy book - is the ultimate source of wisdom.

Toor admitted grievous bodily harm with intent but denies attempted murder.

The trial continues.

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