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Hindu temple vandalised, walls defaced with graffiti in Australia’s Brisbane

Author: India Today World Desk
Publication: Indiatoday.in
Date: March 4, 2023
URL: https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/hindu-temple-vandalised-walls-defaced-with-graffiti-in-australias-brisbane-2342473-2023-03-04?s=03

Another Hindu temple in Australia was vandalised with walls defaced with graffiti in Brisbane on Saturday.

A temple was vandalised in Brisbane, Australia with walls defaced with graffiti on Saturday, a report said. This is fourth such incident involving a temple in Australia in two months. The vandalism was noticed when devotees came for their morning prayers on Saturday morning.

Located in the Burbank suburb which is located in the south of Brisbane, the Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple in Brisbane was allegedly vandalised by "Khalistani supporters", The Australia Today reported.

A resident, Ramesh Kumar, who lives near the temple, told The Australia Today, “I am aware of what has happened at Melbourne Hindu Temples, but facing this hate ourselves is a very distressing experience.”

Temple President Satinder Shukla told The Australia Today, “Temple Priest and devotees called this morning and notified me about the vandalism on the boundary wall of our temple.”

Shukla said they will make a detailed statement after they have a meeting of the management committee with the police authorities.

Previously, another Hindu temple in Brisbane, Gayatri Mandir, received intimidating calls from Khalistan extremists based in Lahore, Pakistan.

Sarah L Gates, the Director of Hindu Human Rights, said that the latest hate crime is a pattern of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) to terrorise Australian Hindus.

Gates told The Australia Today, “This latest hate crime is a pattern of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) globally, clearly attempting to terrorise Australian Hindus. Coupled with a barrage of propaganda, illegal signs, and cyberbullying, the organisation intends to present all-pervasive threats, fear, and intimidation.”

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