Unidentified vandals who attacked Hindu figurines in Walsall, West Midlands (UK) with bat and were caught in the act by CCTV are still at large.
The hate crime against Hindus was reported at the Gujarati Hindu Social and Cultural Centre.
This Hindu holy place which stands at the Ford Street, Pleck, was targeted twice in the month of June. The first attack took place in the broad daylight at around 10 am on June 10th while the second attack took place at around 1 am on June 19th.
Birmingham Live quotes an unidentified man as saying that the community is fearing more such attacks in the future.
The source told the paper that ‘all but one of the four statues were attacked and broken while one even had its entire face ripped off.’
Police are on the lookout for information and Birmingham Live has quoted an officer stating that ‘”anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8 am and midnight or call 101 anytime, quoting crime reference 20WS/147794M/19 or 20WS/137218F/19.”
Locals show solidarity with the Hindu community:
The attack on the Hindu religious place has stunned the Walsall especially since this area has diverse communities living side by side in peace. A message asking people to join the Hindus is being spread online.
The message reads:
“Please join us at Shree Ram Mandir Walsall Temple, Ford Street, Pleck, Walsall, WS2 9BW on Thursday 11th July 2019, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.”
This solidarity program is jointly organized by St Paul’s Crossing, Black Country Stand Up to Racism & Black Country Innovate C.I.C.”