THREE men have been stabbed to death in the street during a fight between rival groups of Sikhs.
Shocked residents described Sunday’s clashes as ‘like something out of a movie’.
Yesterday, the victims were named locally as Harinder Kumar, 22, Baljit Singh, 34, and Narinder Singh, 26.
Passer-by Sabih Qureshi, 35, said he attempted to give first aid when he discovered the scene in Ilford, east London.
He told LBC News: ‘They were laying down, bloody. One was dead at this point, just beside the car on the footpath. Two of them were badly injured and shivering.’
Scaffolder Louis O’Donoghoe, 40, was watching the snooker when he heard screaming and shouting outside his house. ‘It was absolute chaos,’ he said.
‘I could see it all, one (body) to the left, two at the bottom of the stairs.’ Visiting the scene, mayor of London Sadiq Khan described what had happened as ‘shocking, horrific and scary’.
The Metropolitan Police responded to reports of a disturbance in Elmstead Road, Seven Kings, at 7.38pm. Two men, aged 29 and 39, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Ch Supt Stephen Clayman said the suspects and victims were all known to each other. ‘We believe the groups involved are members of the Sikh community,’ he said. Sukhbir Bassi, of Singh Sabha Sikh temple, said: ‘East London is not safe. We need more police officers.’