A statue of Mahatma Gandhi located in the Vishnu temple in Richmond Hill, Canada was vandalized.
The Consulate General of India in Toronto and the Indian High Commission in Ottawa condemned the incident.
New Delhi. The Consulate General of India in Toronto, Canada has tweeted about the incident of damage to the statue of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi. In a tweet, the embassy said, “We are pained by the demolition of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at the Vishnu Temple in Richmond Hill. This criminal, hate-filled incident of vandalism has deeply hurt the sentiments of the Indian community in Canada. Let us tell you that a statue of Mahatma Gandhi located in the Vishnu temple in Richmond Hill, Canada was vandalized on Wednesday.
Regarding the matter, the local police said that they are investigating the incident as a hate crime. Temple president Buddhaendra Dubey told CBC News that such an incident had never happened since the statue was installed more than 30 years ago. Let us tell you that the 5-feet high bronze statue was made in Delhi and it was unveiled here in May 1988.
The Consulate General of India in Toronto and the Indian High Commission in Ottawa condemned the incident and said on Twitter that they had contacted Canadian authorities about the crime. The High Commission said the crime has raised “a sense of anxiety and insecurity” in the Indian community. According to the report, abusive words have also been written in black ink on the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
According to the local police, a five-metre-tall statue was vandalized at the Vishnu temple located in the Yonge Street and Gordon Avenue areas. The officials got information about it at around 12.30 pm on Wednesday.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 14, 2022, 08:14 IST