Anti-Muslim graffiti painted on US Gurdwara

An under construction Gurdwara in the American State of Michigan has been vandalised and defaced with anti-Muslim graffiti, the police and community leaders have said.

Washington: An under construction Gurdwara in
the American State of Michigan has been vandalised and defaced
with anti-Muslim graffiti, the police and community leaders
have said.

The vandalism of the Gurdwara, coming up in Sterling
Heights city of Michigan, happened on February 5, members of
its management committee said.

The graffiti included vulgar language, racial epithets,
the use of what appears to be a cross, a large drawing of a
gun, and references to the 9/11 attacks, the Sikh American
Legal Defence and Education Fund said, urging the local and
federal authorities to initiate a hate crime investigation
into it.

The vandalism has been condemned by the Michigan chapters
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the American
Jewish Committee.

"We condemn the vandalism of the Sikh house of worship in
Sterling Heights and call on local and federal law enforcement
to use their full resources to apprehend the perpetrators of
this hate crime," said Dawud Walid, executive director of the
Muslim council.

"The attack on any house of worship in our community is
despicable, and we are pained to see the Sikh community
targeted," said Kari Alterman of the Jewish committee.

PTI

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