Pro-Khalistan Slogans On Walls Of Hindu Temple In US, Probe On

New Delhi:

A Hindu temple in California was desecrated with pro-Khalistan and anti-India slogans. Photos of corruption at Newark's Swaminarayan Mandirvasana Sanstha were shared by the Hindu American Foundation in his X (previously).

Images showed slogans against India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi painted on some walls of the temple. The group said the hateful messages may have been written to traumatize people visiting the temple and create “fear of violence”.

The lawsuit was filed with the Newark Police Department and the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.

“The Newark Police Department has been notified and will conduct a full-scale investigation. We insist this should be investigated as a hate crime,” the Hindu American Foundation told X.

This is not the first time a Hindu temple has been targeted; similar incidents have occurred in the United States and neighboring Canada in the past. India had previously expressed concern over escalating activity by pro-Khalistan supporters and cracked down on organizations and individuals trying to stir up separatist sentiments in countries.

In August, a temple in Surrey, Canada, was allegedly vandalized by Khalistani supporters. Pro-Khalistan posters were plastered on the walls and gates of Surrey's Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, one of British Columbia's oldest temples.

The poster called on Canada to investigate India's “role” in the June 18 death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Canada has accused India of involvement in Nijjar's murder, but has not yet provided proof to India. The US has also arrested an Indian national for his alleged involvement in the plot to kill Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Panun.

India has called the claims false and baseless and said it will investigate if countries submit evidence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently told the Financial Times: “If someone comes to us with information, we will definitely look into it.”

“If our people do something, good or bad, we are ready to investigate it. Our commitment is to the rule of law,” PM Modi said.