India on Sunday condemned vandalism at a newly opened park called ‘Shri Bhagavad Gita’ in Brampton, Canada, and urged authorities to investigate and take immediate action against the perpetrators of the hate crime.
The park formerly called Troyers Park was renamed Shri Bhagavad Gita Park and opened on September 28.
We condemn the hate crime at Shri Bhagvad Gita Park in Brampton. We urge Canadian authorities and @PeelPolice to investigate and take immediate action against the perpetrators, the Indian High Commission in Canada tweeted.
The attack came days after another temple in Canada was vandalized.
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown on Sunday confirmed the vandalism in the park and said Canada has “zero tolerance” for such attacks.
“We are aware that the newly unveiled Shri Bhagavad Gita Park sign has been vandalized. We have zero tolerance for this. We have flagged it down to Peel Regional Police for further investigation. Our Parks department is working to resolve and correct the issue. sign ASAP.” Brown tweeted Sunday.
On September 28, Mayor Brown said, “Today, @CityBrampton unveiled the name change of Brampton’s Troyers Park to Shri Bhagavad Gita Park. Brampton is a mosaic, and this name change commemorates the Hindu community and all that that contributes to our city. We celebrate all cultures and all religions in our city.”
On September 15, a prominent Hindu temple, BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, was defaced by Canadian Khalistani extremists with anti-India graffiti in an apparent hate crime.
Last month, India issued a notice to its citizens in Canada warning of rising hate crimes.
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