Canada: India condemned the destruction at the recently opened Shri Bhagavad Gita Park in Canada’s Brampton on Sunday (October 2). It urged the authorities to inquire into the issue and take prompt legal action against those responsible.
Troyers Park was the previous name of the park. It was unveiled on September 28 after being renamed Shri Bhagavad Gita Park.
Indian High Commission’s tweet regarding the unfortunate incident
India’s high commission in Canada tweeted the following: “We denounce the hate crime that occurred in Brampton’s Shri Bhagvad Gita Park. We implore Canadian authorities and @PeelPolice to look into the incident and act quickly against the criminals.”
Patrick Brown, the mayor of Brampton, confirmed the park destruction on Sunday and vowed that there would be “zero tolerance” for such offences in Canada.
On Sunday, Brown tweeted: “We are aware of the vandalism done to the recently unveiled Shri Bhagavad Gita Park sign. We will not tolerate this in any way. Peel Regional Police has been notified so they can conduct additional inquiry. As quickly as possible, the sign will be resolved and corrected by our Parks department.”
India warns Indian citizens in Canada to be watchful
Days earlier, another Canadian temple had been vandalised. India has urged its citizens living in Canada to “be watchful” due to a dramatic rise in hate crimes, sectarian violence, and anti-Indian activities.
According to the ministry of external affairs of India, these crimes’ perpetrators have not yet been prosecuted in Canada.
The cases had been brought up with Canadian authorities, according to a statement from the ministry and high commissions/consulates general in Canada. They have been requested by the authorities to investigate the aforementioned offences and take the required legal action.