Fires Target Hindu Homes in Houston Arson Spree

December 1, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On December 1, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "almost a dozen fires have destroyed homes of Hindus and others, with a two-county task force investigating the suspected arson spree, and members of the religious community nervous about future attacks.

Federal, county and city investigators are reviewing evidence in the blazes that have occurred over the past six months.

The fact that victims have included Hindus suggests that the community is being targeted, said Natubhai Patel, a leading member of a Hindu temple.

'We don't know really who would be behind it,' he told the Houston Chronicle in Monday's editions. 'It's anybody's guess.'

Patel and other members of the Hindu community believe the victims of all 11 fires under investigation by the task force were Hindus."