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Temple Desecrated In Canada, ‘Anti-India’ Posters Pasted On Walls By Khalistani Supporters

According to the reports, the posters called for Canada to investigate India's ‘role’ in the death of Khalistani sympathiser Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18.

Pro-Khalistan leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar shot dead in Canada
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A temple in Canada has been vandalised allegedly by Khalistani sympathisers.

The reports said the incident has triggered a wave of anguish among the Indian community in the country.

The reports stated "anti-India" posters were put up on the walls and the gate of the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, in Surrey - one of the oldest temples in British Columbia.

As per reports, the posters called for Canada to investigate India's "role" in the death of Khalistani sympathiser Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18.

A video captured by a security camera shows two masked man pasting the posters on the walls and the gate of the temple, NDTV reported.

Designated terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who headed pro-Khalistan outfits Khalistan Tiger Force and the Canadian arm of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), was shot dead by unknown attackers in June this year, it mentioned.

This is the fourth incident of temple vandalisation in the country this year. 

In April this year, Swaminarayan temple was vandalised in Ontario.In February, the Ram Mandir in Canada's Mississauga was vandalised, and in January a temple in Brampton was defaced with anti-India graffiti, it said.

The report said India has expressed concern over escalating activities by Khalistan supporters in Canada. 

The Centre has clamped down on organisations and individuals trying to stoke separatist sentiment in different countries.

Last month, posters labelling several senior Indian diplomats as "killers" had surfaced in Canada. Following which, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had called upon partner countries, including Canada, the UK and the US, to resist providing platforms to "extremist Khalistani ideology," arguing that it's detrimental to international relations, it added.

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