LONDON: A fight in which three men were stabbed to death may have been part of an “ongoing dispute”, police have said.

The incident took place on Sunday 19 January in Seven Kings, East London following which two men, aged 29 and 39, have been arrested on suspicion of the murders.

The victims have been named as Narinder ‘Nik’ Singh, Harinder Kumar (both in their 20s) and Baljit Singh (34).

The Metropolitan Police said it believed the five men were involved in another altercation the previous evening at the nearby Krystel Banqueting venue.

It is thought those involved were known to each other and were from the Sikh and Hindu communities, the Metropolitan Police said.

L:R- Harinder Kumar, Narinder Singh, Baljit Singh

Det Ch Insp Paul Considine said: “At this early stage, I do not believe this was gang or race-related.

“But I believe there may have been an ongoing dispute between those involved.

“We believe the five men were involved in an altercation the previous evening at Krystel Banqueting that spilled out onto the High Road.”

He appealed for anyone who may have seen either incident to contact detectives.

During a visit to the area on Monday, London mayor Sadiq Khan described what had happened as “shocking, horrific and scary”.

The unusual Metropolitan Police reference to the religions of the individuals involved has attracted widespread concern across the Sikh community.

The subsequent sensational media coverage by various media outlets has been condemned by many in the Sikh community as serving to malign members of the faith.