Attack on Hindu temple President’s residence rattles community in Canada

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    Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, Surrey, Canada (Photo: Social Media)

    The Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is actively investigating an alarming incident after gunfire targeted the residence of a prominent Hindu businessman. The incident, occurring on December 27 at approximately 8:03 a.m. in the 14900 block of 80 Avenue, has raised concerns within the community. According to a statement by Surrey RCMP, the targeted home belongs to the son of Satish Kumar, president of the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir in Surrey. At least 14 rounds were reportedly fired at the house, as confirmed by Kumar.

    The motive behind the attack remains unclear, with Kumar stating, “I can’t say whether [the attack] was by Khalistanis or some extortionist. Police is investigating the case.” Previous incidents of alleged targeting of the temple by Khalistani activists were also mentioned by Kumar.

    Although no injuries were reported, the house showed damage consistent with bullet holes. Police conducted a thorough investigation at the scene, gathering evidence and seeking potential witnesses or CCTV footage from the area.

    The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit has taken charge of the case, aiming to determine the motive behind the attack.

    Increased vandalism of Hindu temples

    This incident adds to the concerns within Hindu communities in Canada, coinciding with increased vandalism and attacks on temples. Community leaders urge law enforcement to treat these incidents as potential hate crimes and calls for enhanced security measures for temples.

    Previously in November, Canadian MP Chandra Arya shared a video allegedly depicting pro Khalistani supporters in Surrey, hinting at disruptions at the Hindu Lakshmi Narayan Mandir.

    Recent episodes include temple vandalism in Surrey and the defacement of temples in Brampton and the Greater Toronto area with anti-India graffiti. These occurrences align with a surge in pro-Khalistan activities and online rhetoric advocating for a separate Sikh state.

    Community leaders emphasize the need for law enforcement to probe these incidents as potential hate crimes and allocate resources for temple security. The Canadian government has denounced the attacks and pledged support for affected communities.

    Despite assurances, apprehension lingers within the Hindu community. India has also raised concerns regarding defaced Hindu temples in Canada on multiple occasions.

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