Washington: Hindu temple defaced in US

Washington: In a hate crime, a Hindu temple has been vandalised in the US state of Kentucky by miscreants who sprayed black paint on the deity and wrote repugnant messages on the walls.

The incident happened between Sunday night and Tuesday morning at the Swaminarayan Temple in the Louisville city, authorities said.

There are no suspects but an investigation is ongoing, police said. Temple officials said no video of the incident is available.

According to local media reports, vandalism resulted in deity image sprayed with black paint, broken windows, walls spray-painted with inappropriate messages and graffiti. A knife was stabbed in the chair and cabinets were emed.

The incident has sent shock waves through the Indian-American community in Louisville Kentucky.

Authorities are investigating the incident as a hate crime. Condemning the incident of vandalism, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called upon the city residents to stand up against this hatred.