Days after the BAPS Swaminarayan temple in Western Sydney was vandalised, Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) police on Saturday released images of the accused. With this, they are seeking the public’s help to catch hold of the culprits behind the act that took place in the Rosehill suburb.
The culprits allegedly vandalised the temple last week by spray painting some graffiti on its front. According to The Australia Today, police probe revealed that the incident took place between 1-2 am on May 5. After the vandalism incident, a ‘Khalistan flag’ was also seen hanging on the temple’s gate.
The image released by the police is from the day of the incident. It shows a man standing in the vicinity of the temple, wearing dark-coloured clothes, a beanie and a face mask.
Apart from the accused, the police also released an image of a vehicle that was spotted on the Virginia Street on May 5 morning. Police believe the passengers inside the car could help with the probe, an ANI report said.
Police is working closely with residents of western Sydney to catch hold of the culprits, said Cumberland Commander, Superintendent Sheridan Waldau said.
“Local community can be crucial to the investigation as they can help the police with the investigation. However, any information received from them will be strictly confidential,” the The Austrailia Today report quoted the police as saying.
After the incident, the BAPS Swaminarayan temple released a statement saying they were “deeply saddened” and “disheartened”.
“For the last 23 years, the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir has been a cornerstone of the local community and a prominent Hindu Temple which, like all BAPS temples worldwide, is an abode of peace and harmony, equality, selfless service and universal Hindu values,” the statement read.
The temple also appealed to its devotees and community members to maintain peace.