Minnesota Hindu Temple Vandalized, Now Under Investigation

April 8, 2006

Source: WCCO


On April 8, 2006 WCCO reported, "After years of planning, the new Hindu Temple in Maple Grove, Minn. was on track to open in June. But after Wednesday night, the building is a mess and leaders are asking why someone wanted to damage their future place of worship.

Someone broke into the building on Wednesday and started bashing in the walls, smashing windows, and destroying hand-crafted statues from India that had taken two years to receive... Temple leaders said it does not look like a hate crime and they have always felt welcomed by the community... More than 125 holes have been smashed into the walls in the building, as if someone used a baseball bat. Now the process to clean up begins, but still temple leaders want to open the $9 million building as planned the first week of June.

As of Friday, police have not made any arrests in the case."