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Go home, not seek revenge: riot victim's father

Tariq Jahan, whose 21-year-old son was among three victims during a hit-and-run in the Birmingham riots, has been hailed as a hero in the UK after he appealed to the people to go home and not to seek revenge.

world Updated: Aug 11, 2011 18:46 IST

Tariq Jahan, whose 21-year-old son was among three victims during a hit-and-run in the Birmingham riots, has been hailed as a hero in the UK after he appealed to the people to go home and not to seek revenge.

Pakistani-origin Jahan's 21-year-old son Haroon, a keen amateur boxer, had been killed along with brothers Shazad Ali, 30 and Abdul Musavir, 31, in the early hours yesterday.

They were part of a group of around 80 guarding nearby stores, on Dudley Road in Winson Green, when they were victims of the hit-and-run.

"I lost my son. Blacks, Asians, whites – we all live in the same community. Why do we have to kill one another? Why are we doing this? Step forward if you want to lose your sons. Otherwise, calm down and go home – please," 45-year-old Jahan told a crowd.

"Tensions are already high in the area. I don't want the community to fall out. The community doesn't need this, and my family doesn't need this. I want to law to take its course; let the law deal with it. We've seen enough without other people taking the law into their hands."

British Prime Minister David Cameron, making a statement in the parliament today, paid tributes to the calls for peace made by Jahan.

He said, "(Everyone) will have been impressed by the brave words of Tariq Jahan, a father in Birmingham whose son was so brutally and tragically run over and killed."

While Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition, called Jahan the "true face of Britain".

A murder inquiry has been launched, and a 32-year-old man is being questioned in connection with the murders.