The incidents of attacks on Hindu temples are increasing in Australia. In the last 15 days, 3 temples were vandalised. Radharaman Das, vice-president of ISKCON Kolkata, said on the attack on temples in Australia that if the police had taken immediate steps, this would not have happened. The police should arrest the culprits. Khalistani supporters attacked the BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in Melbourne on 12 January. And five days later, on January 17, some anti-social elements attacked the Shri Shiva Vishnu temple.
Khalistani supporters not only ransacked the ISKCON temple in Albert Park, Melbourne in Australia, but also wrote Khalistan Zindabad and Hindustan Murdabad on the walls of the temple on the night of January 22. Bhindranwale was also written as a martyr on the same wall.
Australia High Commissioner in India Berry O’Farrell said on the vandalism of temples that he is concerned about the matter. He further said that Australia does not tolerate any kind of hate speech or violence. The Australian government is investigating the matter.
Arjun Sakha Das, the priest of the Melbourne temple, said that at around 4.15 pm on January 22, another priest informed him that some people had vandalized the temple and had written slogans against India on the walls.
Priest Arjun Das told that, it was very scary for the other priest, because he was the first one who saw the scene after the attack. Arjun Das further said that the priest lives outside the temple, so he saw everything while coming from outside.
Priest Arjun Das further told that Khalistani supporters have damaged only the outer part of the temple. The inside of the temple is completely safe.