Six males destroyed a statue of Mahatma Gandhi outdoors of a Hindu temple in Queens early Tuesday morning — two weeks after the effigy was toppled over in one other act of vandalism.
Within the newest incident in entrance of the Shri Tulsi Mandir in South Richmond Hill, a pack of vandals smashed the life-sized Gandhi statue to items utilizing a sledgehammer at about 1:30 a.m., police mentioned.
The suspects additionally spray-painted “kutta,” which means canine in Hindi, “Grandpi” and “Canine” on the highway outdoors the 111th Avenue temple, cops mentioned.
“To know that Gandhi represents peace and anyone would come and simply goal the statue and vandalize it, it’s very unhappy,” the temple’s founder, Pandit Maharaj, informed the Queens Courier.
The suspects in Tuesday morning’s incident, described as between 25- to 30-years-old, fled the scene in two automobiles, a white Mercedes Benz and a darker automotive, probably a Toyota Camry that’s probably used as a livery cab, police mentioned.
“We’re deeply saddened to be taught of the vandalism on the Tulsi Mandir final night time,” the Cityline Ozone Park Civilian Patrol tweeted. “This isn’t the primary time one thing like this has occurred, and it should cease. We should work collectively to ship a transparent message that hate crimes in direction of any faith won’t be tolerated.”
Simply lower than two weeks earlier, on Aug. 3 at 2 a.m., an individual pushed the identical Gandhi statue down, sparking neighborhood outrage and press conferences in opposition to hate crimes.
“Hindu hate is on the rise,” the world’s Assemblymember Jenifer Rajkumar informed the Publish, including that donors have provided to pay for a substitute. “It’s outrageous. Gandhi is an emblem of peace all around the globe.”
In July, Rutgers College launched a report that discovered “proof of a pointy rise and evolving patterns of hate speech directed towards the Hindu neighborhood throughout quite a few social media platforms.”
In an announcement, the Assemblymember — the primary Hindu-American elected official in New York State — known as for the perpetrators to be “apprehended swiftly, charged, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the legislation.”
“We all the time knew that defeating hate wouldn’t be achieved in at some point, one week, and even one yr. We’re dedicated to this struggle for the long run, and can use the Hindu ideas of ahimsa (non-violence) and satyagraha (soul drive) that guided Gandhi himself and later the nice American civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr.”
The NYPD’s Hate Crime Job Pressure is investigating the Aug. 16 incident and has been notified of the Aug. 3 vandalism. A spokesperson couldn’t say if the incidents are believed to be associated.