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TEMPLE TERROR: Commissioner Qiliho: Suspects Will Be Brought To Justice

TEMPLE TERROR: Commissioner Qiliho: Suspects Will Be Brought To Justice
These are the disturbing images at the Votualevu Tirath Dam mandir in Nadi. Photo: Facebook
December 20
12:05 2017

Religious intolerance will not be tolerated, says Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho.

The Commissioner’s comments come after vandals last Saturday night desecrated the Votualevu Tirath Dam mandir in Nadi.

“Our officers were in the area for something else when people alerted them to the vandalism of not only the building but the deities and other things that were inside,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

“This is religious intolerance and it will not be condoned. As responsible citizens we must respect each others religion and the Police will do a thorough investigation and we will apprehend the perpetrators. They will be brought to justice.”

Parmen Nath Bharos, 47, is an executive at the mandir,  which is located in the compound of the Maharishi Sanatan College in Votualevu.

He lives about two kilometres away from the mandir and has been associated with it since his childhood.

“We are sad to have our temple in this state, this is not right. We are not aware who did this,” he said.

“We are not pointing a finger at anyone.  Positive steps needs to be taken and we must accept other religions.”

According to Mr Bharos break-ins have also been happening and perpetrators have been caught.

“When a sound system is robbed we can replace it but when our God statues are found with this graffiti and damaged we cannot replace it,” he said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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