Melbourne: A Hindu temple in Australia’s Melbourne was allegedly vandalised by “Khalistani supporters,” according to a media report on Tuesday. This is the second attack on a temple in Victoria state in a week. The temple premises were also painted with anti-India graffiti.
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The historic Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs, Victoria, was vandalised on Monday, according to the Australia Today website.
Hindu temple vandalised by Khalistani group
This vandalism was discovered when devotees came for ‘darshan’ during the three-day “Thai Pongal” festival, which is celebrated by the Tamil Hindu community.
“We are a Tamil minority group in Australia, a lot of us came as refugees to escape religious persecution,” Usha Senthilnathan, a long-time devotee of Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple, said.
“This is my place of worship, and it is unacceptable to me that Khalistan supporters are vandalising it with hate messages without fear,” she said.
“I urge Premier Dan Andrews and Victoria Police to take firm action against these thugs who are attempting to terrorise the Victorian Hindu community,” Senthilnathan concluded.