Date: 5 Nov 2002
Place: East Ham, East London
Salik Choudhury was stabbed to death on his doorstep.
He was stabbed in the stomach on the Sunday at 5.30pm. He was then taken to the Royal London Hospital, in Whitechapel, where he later died at 7.40pm.
When he was murdered he had been with his 7-year-old daughter and a nephew who witnessed it. A black man, aged between 16 and 20 and of slim build, was seen running away. The black man had been wearing a black crew-neck jumper, dark-coloured trousers and shoes and had a white gold hoop earring in his right ear. It was noted that he was not wearing a coat, despite the cold weather.
The black man had earlier been refused entry into Salik Choudhury's home by Salik Choudhury's daughter which led to an argument.
He had received a threatening letter eight months earlier in March 2011, in connection with his role as secretary at the Forest Gate Mosque in east London. It was also revealed that other committee members, including the chairman and general secretary, had also received threatening letters. The letters were written in Bengali and claimed that the price of £6,000 or £7,000 had been put on their heads and called for them to leave the mosque.
The mosque had been subject to a number of incidents since September 2001 when there was an argument between some of the worshippers and the main body of the congregation. The incidents included a man being beaten up in the mosque, a car having its window smashed and tyres slashed and the threatening letters. The police said that they had also been called out to remove what was described as a gang of Bengali upstarts who were trying to take over the mosque's committee group. They were said to have been made up of locals as well as people from outside the area specifically to take over the committee group.
Salik Choudhury was from Bangladesh having arrived in the UK in 1966. He had helped to start the mosque in 1990 and it was attended every Friday by about 3000 people.