‘Khalistan Zindabad…’, BAPS temple in Canada vandalized

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New Delhi: Unknown miscreants vandalized and painted anti-India slogans on the walls of the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan (BAPS) temple in Canada on Tuesday.

The Indian High Commission in Canada condemned the incident and has raised the matter with the Canadian authorities to investigate and take swift action against the perpetrators.

“We strongly condemn the defacement of BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Toronto with anti-Indian graffiti. I have requested the Canadian authorities to investigate the incident and take swift action against the perpetrators,” India tweeted in Canada.

A video of the incident went viral on social media where Khalistani slogans were seen scrawled on the walls of the temple.

Twitter user PunFact posted the video, with the caption: “BAPS Temple Vandalized in Toronto by Khalistani Radicals. Govt as usual doing nothing to make people feel safe. Canada is fast taking over “Khalistani criminal elements who also indulge in open violence, drugs and car theft.”

This kind of hate has no rhythm in Canada

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown expressed his disappointment at the incident: “I am very disappointed to learn of the vandalism that occurred at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto. This type of hate has no place in the GTA or Canada. We hope the criminals responsible are brought to justice quickly,” he tweeted.

“This is not just an isolated event”

Indian-origin Canadian Member of Parliament Chandra Arya said the event is not the only such incident, but Hindu temples have been targeted in the recent past for such events.

“The vandalism of the Toronto BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir by Canadian Khalistani extremists should be condemned by all. This is not just an isolated event. Canadian Hindu temples have been targeted in the recent past for these types of hate crimes. Canadian Hindus are legitimately concerned,” Arya tweeted.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe”

“I am saddened by the act of vandalism that has taken place at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto. We live in a multi-cultural and multi-faith community where everyone deserves to feel safe. Those responsible should be brought to justice and face the consequences of their actions.” , said Brampton South MP Sonia Sidhu.





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