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Updated December 29th, 2023 at 17:26 IST

MEA refuses to comment on shooting incident at residence of son of Lakshmi Narayan Temple president

The incident took place at the Surrey home of Satish Kumar's son, who is the president of Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, on Wednesday, December 27.

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi
MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi | Image:MEA
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After shots were fired at the residence of an Indian-origin man, who is the son of president of  Lakshmi Narayan Mandir in Canada's Surrey this week, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Baghchi on Friday refused to comment on the matter, according to news agency ANI. 

Baghchi said, "Our understanding of that incident in British Columbia is that it was at a private residence related to, of course, somebody who's a member of the Temple Management Committee. I understand that investigations are underway in that case. I don't think it's appropriate to comment at this stage on the motivations or details behind it..."

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#WATCH | On shots fired at residence of son of Lakshmi Narayan Mandir president in Canada, MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi says, "Our understanding of that incident in British Columbia is that it was at a private residence related to, of course, somebody who's a member of the… pic.twitter.com/0Co73VzvW5

— ANI (@ANI) December 29, 2023

This week, shots were fired at an Indian man's home in Surrey, Canada. The incident took place at the Surrey home of Satish Kumar's son, who is the president of Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, on Wednesday, December 27, according to news agency ANI.

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Jagdish Pandher, 41, has been identified in Canada as the culprit in many break-ins at Hindu temples.

The Canadian police on Thursday identified the man who broke in a Hindu temple in October this year. The police accused the 41-yea old man from Brampton of conducting multiple break-ins at Hind temples across the Greater Toronto Area throughout the year. The police in Durham Region issued a statement on the matter and identified the man named Jagdish Pandher as the main culprit of whole fiasco. While police released Pandher's identity, they made clear that the break-ins were not motivated by "hate".

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"Jagdish PANDHER, age 41 from Brampton is facing charges for numerous offences including Break-and-Enter Place Other Than Dwelling x4, Possess Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 x4, Break-and-Enter with Intent xl, and Breach of Probation x5. He was held for a bail hearing," Durham Regional Police said in a statement. "Investigators have linked the same suspect to numerous other break-and-enters at Hindu temples throughout the year. These break-and-enters occurred in the Durham Region and around the Greater Toronto Area," the statement further read.

In the statement, police noted that Pandher was involved in the break-in that took place at a Hindu temple on Oct. 8 in the area of Bayly Street and Krosno Boulevard in Pickering. The authorities noted that the man fled the temple after taking cash from donation boxes before breaking into other temples in Ajax and Pickering later that morning. 

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In light of this, the man was charged with four counts of break-and-enter among other charges. “A male was seen on security surveillance breaking into the temple and taking a large quantity of cash from the donation boxes. The male fled the area prior to police arrival. The male was seen on surveillance footage later that morning committing additional break-and-enters at Hindu temples in Pickering and Ajax,” the statement furthered. “Although these offences occurred at places of worship, they do not appear to be hate crimes or motivated by hate," the authorities concluded.

 

 

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Published December 29th, 2023 at 17:26 IST

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