UK Imam battered and beaten to death in a children’s playground while walking home…muslims are completely outraged
- Jalal Uddin, was found with serious head injuries in a play are in Rochdale
- He was taken to hospital around 9pm last night, where he died shortly after
- A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder
- Forensic officers were examining the scene and the area was cordoned off
A former imam was beaten to death as he walked home across a children’s play area at night.
Jalal Uddin, 56, was attacked while taking a short cut after an evening spent having dinner with a friend.
The married religious leader – who is believed to have grown up children – was found with serious head injuries, lying in a pool of his own blood just 20 minutes after leaving his companion.
Despite efforts by paramedics, he was later pronounced dead. Police would not rule out a racial motive last night as they questioned a 31-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.
Residents of the town took to social media following the killing on Thursday amid rising tensions over claims that the death was a hate crime.
However senior detectives and community leaders in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, joined forces to help calm fears that much-loved Mr Uddin, who was originally from Bangladesh, may have been the victim of a racist attack.
Superintendent Rick Jackson said they had not established a motive, and urged people to practise restraint in drawing their own conclusions.
He said: ‘We believe the deceased was walking home from a friend’s house after attending a mosque earlier that evening. There are concerns this incident is racially motivated but we can’t say whether it is or isn’t.
‘As details come forward we will be open minded as to whether it represents a hate crime – but at this time we have nothing to say to that.’ He added that there were extra patrols ‘to try and reassure the community’.
‘There has been a lot of speculation on social media,’ he said. ‘But I would ask that people allow us to investigate this incident.’
Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe confirmed that detectives are looking at the possibility of a racial motive, but added: ‘At the moment we cannot say one way or the other.’
Islamic groups also appealed for calm and asked that residents allow police to investigate without jumping to conclusions.
Dobir Miah, chief officer for the Rochdale Council of Mosques, said: ‘We would like to urge people to remain calm. Nothing has been said that suggests there is an immediate threat to people doing their day to day activities.’
Mohammed Shafiq, from the Ramadhan Foundation in Greater Manchester, said: ‘While it is too early to speculate about the circumstances we would urge the community to stay united and calm.’
However he added: ‘We would urge all local
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