Second Hindu temple vandalised in Australia in a week: Report | India News

MELBOURNE: “Khalistani supporters” have allegedly vandalised a Hindu temple in Australia with anti-India graffiti, a media report said on Tuesday, in the second attack on a temple in Victoria state within a week. The vandalism of the historic Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs, Victoria, took place on Monday, Australia Today news website reported.
The graffiti was noticed when the devotees came for ‘darshan’ as the three-day long “Thai Pongal” festival is being celebrated by the Tamil Hindu community. Usha Senthilnathan, a long-time devotee of the temple said, “We are a Tamil minority group in Australia, a lot of us came as refugees to escape the religious persecution. It’s not acceptable to me that these Khalistan supporters are vandalising it without any fear.” “I urge premier Dan Andrews and police to take strict action against these goons,” she said.
Victorian Liberal Party MP Brad Battin said, “In no way, our future can be built on hate when it has been built on working together for so long.” “There’s no place in Victoria or Australia for this kind of behaviour.” On January 12, the Swaminarayan temple in Melbourne was defaced by ‘anti-social elements’ with anti-India graffiti. pti

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