Sikh men admit arson attack on Muslim family

Three petrol bombers have admitted an honour attack on a Swindon family. Sandip Rooprai, 20, Jasdev Dogra, 18, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons pleaded guilty to twice attacking the home of Alpona Begum in Swindon. They also launched another arson attack on a house in Bristol, and set light to a parked car close to their Swindon target.

The men threw Molotov cocktails through the front windows of the home because Miss Begum knew that Rooprai’s Sikh sister was dating a Hindu man. They also bombed the Bristol home of Kamlesh Vyas, the priest believed to have married the pair. At an earlier hearing, Swindon Magistrates’ Court was told by prosecutor Stacey Turner: “Bangladeshi Muslim Alpona Begum was a good friend of Pardeep Rooprai, the sister of the defendant. They were friends at college and would talk to each other. It was clearly a very strong friendship and the friends shared intimate secrets.”

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