Khalistanis Deface Mahatma Gandhi Statue In Canada, Spray Graffiti Against Modi
TORONTO (IANS) – Anti-India elements went about defacing and spray-painting a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Canada with spiteful graffiti.The incident was reported in the early hours of March 23 near the City Hall in the town of Hamilton in Ontario where the statue, gifted by the Indian government, is located.
According to a video of the vandalism, a Khalistani flag was also found attached to the six-feet tall bronze statue, which was doused with paint and graffiti abusing Mahatma Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
While Hamilton Police said they are investigating the case, attacks by Khalistani backers on Indian installations and temples are on the rise in the North American nation.
Starting 2023, a string of attacks has been unleashed upon Hindu temples across Canada with close to half-a-dozen incidents of vandalism, graffiti, break-ins and burglaries.
In January this year, the Gauri Shankar Mandir in Brampton was targeted with walls of the temples defaced with ‘Khalistan Zindabad, Hindustan Murdabad’ slogans.
This was followed by an attack on Ram Temple in Mississauga in February, which was vandalised with anti-India slogans, sending shockwaves across the Indian community.
In July last year, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi located at the Vishnu Mandir in Richmond Hill in the Greater Toronto Area was vandalized and defaced with graphic words.