Hindu temple vandalised with ‘hate-motivated graffiti’ in Canada’s Windsor, 2 suspects wanted
Ontario: In another incident of hate crime, a Hindu temple in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, was spray-painted in black with “anti-Hindu” and “anti-Indian graffiti” on Tuesday night. . The Windsor Police Service has launched an investigation into the vandalism of a local Hindu temple as a “hate-motivated incident” and said two suspects are wanted in connection with the incident.
On Tuesday night, officers were dispatched to a Hindu temple in the 1700 block of Northway Avenue after a report of hate-motivated vandalism, where officers found anti-Hindu and anti-India graffiti on an exterior wall in black, according to Windsor police. Graffiti was found sprayed. building
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Police released the video
During the investigation, police officers obtained a video showing two suspects in the area just after 12 a.m. (local time). Windsor police tweeted the same video in which one of the two masked men can be seen spraying graffiti on the outside walls of the temple. “Two suspects wanted for hate-motivated graffiti,” police tweeted alongside the video.
“During the investigation, officers obtained a video showing two suspects in the area shortly after 12 p.m. In the video, one suspect is seen vandalizing the wall of the building while the other keeps watch,” police said.
Two suspects are wanted
Describing the suspects, police said, “At the time of the incident, one suspect was wearing a black sweater, black pants with a small white logo on the left leg, and black and white high-top running shoes. The other suspect He was wearing black pants, sweatshirt, black shoes and white socks.”
Seeking help from locals, Windsor police said, “Residents near the temple are encouraged to check their home surveillance or dashcam video footage between 11 p.m. and 1 am. For the evidence of the suspects.
It may be mentioned that this is the fifth such incident since July last year where a temple has been defaced with such graffiti.
Earlier, anti-India vandalism was done in the Ram temple in Canada’s Mississauga in February. The Consulate General of India in Toronto condemned the desecration of the temple and requested the Canadian authorities to investigate the incident and take immediate action against the culprits.
The Consulate General of India in Toronto tweeted, “We strongly condemn the defacement of the Ram Temple in Mississauga with anti-India graffiti. We have requested the Canadian authorities to investigate the incident and take immediate action against the culprits.”
In January, a Hindu temple in Brampton was defaced with anti-Indian graffiti, sparking outrage among the Indian community. The Consulate General of India in Toronto condemned the vandalism at the Gauri Shankar temple, saying that this act has deeply hurt the sentiments of the Indian community in Canada.
“We strongly condemn the desecration of the Gauri Shankar Temple, a symbol of Indian heritage in Brampton, with anti-India graffiti,” the consulate office said in a statement. This hateful act of vandalism has deeply hurt the sentiments of the Indian community in Canada. We have raised our concerns on this matter with the Canadian authorities.” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown also condemned the vandalism of the temple.
Last September, India’s Ministry of External Affairs issued a strongly worded statement saying there had been a “sharp increase” in hate crimes against Indians and other “anti-Indian activities” in Canada. New Delhi urged the Canadian government to properly investigate the incidents.
Statistics Canada, the country’s national statistics office, has reported a 72 percent increase in hate crimes targeting religion, sexual orientation and race in Canada between 2019 and 2021.
This has raised fears among minority communities, particularly the Indian community, which is the fastest-growing demographic group in Canada, accounting for about four percent of the population.
Indian officials have repeatedly raised the issue of attacks on the Indian community by pro-Khalistan elements in Canada.
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