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The British government on Friday announced an independent inquiry into the unrest that took place between Hindus and Muslims in the city of Leicester last year, reported PTI.

UK Communities Secretary Michael Gove commissioned the review under the chairmanship of Lord Ian Austin, who is a former minister for housing and planning as well former minister for the west midlands.

The unrest in the British city had begun after an India and Pakistan cricket match on August 28.

At one point, a Hindu group reportedly walked through the city’s streets chanting “Jai Shri Ram”, a religious phrase that has been adopted by Hindutva groups as a political slogan. Muslim groups reportedly responded with protests and, in one instance, allegedly tore down a saffron flag from outside a Hindu religious centre.

Leicestershire Police’s temporary chief constable Rob Nixon had told the BBC on September 20 that misinformation on social media had played a “huge role” in contributing to the tensions in the city.

Experts told Thomson Reuters Foundation that most of the incendiary tweets, rumours and lies originated from India. The top hashtags used by accounts from India said #HindusUnderattackinUK and #HindusUnderAttack, a BBC investigation had shown.

The Indian High Commission in London had sought immediate action against those involved in the unrest. However, while criticising the violence, the Mission had…

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