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Gandhi Mahal owner: 'Let my building burn; justice needs to be served'

Gandhi Mahal at 3009 27th Ave. S., just steps from the Minneapolis Police Department's burned-down 3rd Precinct.

Gandhi Mahal at 3009 27th Ave. S., just steps from the Minneapolis Police Department's burned-down 3rd Precinct. Google Street View

Gandhi Mahal, the ridiculously delicious Indian restaurant at the geographic epicenter of Minneapolis protests and riots, sustained fire damage this week.

But its owner, Ruhel Islam, is unequivocal about the bigger picture: Justice for George Floyd, the black man who died Monday under the knee of a white cop. 

"Let my building burn," Islam said early Friday via a viral post from Gandi Mahal's Facebook account. "Justice needs to be served, put those officers in jail." 

Hours later, that's exactly what happened to Derek Chauvin, the officer who held Floyd, 46, to ground in an unauthorized chokehold; Chauvin's three onlooking colleagues remain free.

Gandhi Mahal's post, which has been shared over 10,000 times, concludes:

"[We] may have felt the flames last night, but our fiery drive to help protect and stand with our community will never die! Peace be with everyone. #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #BLM."

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