By Anirudh Bhattacharyya
The management of the Vishnu temple in the Greater Toronto Area, where a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was vandalised last week, said it is instituting new security measures to prevent such incidents in the future.
The statue at the temple, located in Richmond Hill, was vandalised on Wednesday and has yet to be completely cleaned. It will require skilled craftsmen to remove the blue paint, so as to not damage the special coating used on the bronze bust. The pro-Khalistan graffiti, however, has been successfully removed from the pedestal of the 20-foot high bronze statue.
Robin Doobay, a member of the temple executive, said that they will install security cameras to monitor the Peace Park within the temple complex, where the statue stands. He said police has been “very supportive” and “sent out an officer from the crime department and he is advising us on the security upgrade in the Peace Park”.
He added they were awaiting word on the progress in the investigation of the vandalism from the York regional police, which collected CCTV recordings from cameras elsewhere in the temple for analysis.