Hindu temple vandalised with hate message in US

Hindu temple vandalised with hate message in US

The Snohomish County Sheriff''s Department is investigating the Saturday''s incident as malicious harassment. Yesterday top county officials visited the temple.

A Hindu temple has been vandalised with hate message and swastika spray-painted on its wall in the US state of Washington, the latest incident that has shocked the community ahead of the MahaShivaratri festival.

The incident happened when unidentified miscreants sprayed swastika and painted "Get Out" on one of the walls of the temple in the Seattle Metropolitan area. It is one of the largest Hindu temples in the entire North West.

 

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the Saturday’s incident as malicious harassment. Yesterday top county officials visited the temple.

 

"This kind of thing should not happen in the US. Who are you telling to get out? This is a nation of immigrants," NityaNiranjan, chairman of board of trustee of the Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre, Bothell, Washington told PTI.

 

Today the temple is celebrating MahaShivaratri, a festival dedicated to Lord Shiva.

 

Niranjan said some kind of painting was sprayed on the outside wall of the temple a few years ago, but they did not bring it to the notice of the law enforcement authorities as nothing was written.

 

"We have no idea, who did it," Niranjan said.

 

Skyview Junior High, a block away, was also tagged with a swastika and the words, ‘Muslims Get Out’.

 

While the temple has been there for nearly two decades, the construction on the second phase of the current building began recently.

 

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) condemned the incident.

 

"The timing of this crime, occurring before a major Hindu festival, warrants special attention from law enforcement," said Jay Kansara, director of Government Relations, Hindu American Foundation.