On January 12 (local time), the Hindu community living in Melbourne woke up to a shock as the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, located in the northern suburb of Mill Park, Melbourne, was vandalised by Khalistani attackers. The walls of the temple were defaced by spray painting anti-India and anti-Narendra Modi slogans.
As per a report by Australia Today, a devotee identified as Patel witnessed the vandalism when went to the temple like he does every day. On Thursday, when he reached the temple in the morning, he saw the walls defaced with graffiti allegedly made by Khalistanis. As per photographs published in the reports, slogans such as “Hindu-stan Murdabad”, “Modi Hitler” were written on the outer walls of the temple.
Furthermore, Khalistanis also painted praises of Khalistani terrorist Bhindranwale on the wall and called him a ‘Martyr’. The text ‘Sant Bhindranwale is Martyr’ was written in one place, leaving no doubt that the temple was vandalised by Khalistanis.
In a statement to Australia Today, Patel said, “I am angry, scared and dismayed by the blatant display of religious hatred towards the peaceful Hindu community by Khalistan supporters.”
BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir said that they have informed the authorities regarding the incident.
In a statement, the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir administration said, “We are deeply saddened and shocked by these acts of vandalism and hate. BAPS has always been committed to peaceful coexistence and dialogue with all faiths and peoples. We have apprised the authorities and are cooperating fully with them. We offer our prayers for peace and harmony and will provide a fuller statement in due course.”
Australia: A Hindu temple, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was desecrated allegedly by Khalistani elements in Melbourne pic.twitter.com/KFcD0nWHMA
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Notably, in September last year, BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Canada was also attacked by Khalistanis. India strongly condemned the attack and called for strict action against the accused.