Sikh-owned Indian restaurant vandalised in U.S.

An Indian restaurant owned by a Sikh in the Sante Fe city in the U.S.state of New Mexico was broken into and vandalised with hate messages scrawled on its walls according to a media report.The damage caused to India Palace restaurant is estimated to be worth $100,000 local Santa Fe Reporter newspaper reported on Tuesday.The vandalisation is being investigated by local police and the FBI it said.

The Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund (SALDEF),a non-profit civil rights organisation has condemned the incident.Santa Fe is a peaceful town and the Sikh community has lived here,beautifully integrated,since the 60s,said SALDEF board member Simran Singh,who lives minutes away from the restaurant.Tensions have flared recently with the reinvigoration of the Black Lives Matter movement and the removal of statues associated with Spanish colonisers of this area, who committed a number of atrocities, he said.“This kind of hate and violence is unacceptable and swift action must be taken to ensure the safety and security of all Americans,”said SALDEF executive director Kiran Kaur Gill.

According to the local daily, tables were overturned, glassware was smashed into piles on the floor and wine racks were emptied a statue of a goddess was beheaded and computers were stolen.The vandals also turned over and destroyed food warmers while the front desk area was gutted plates smashed and the kitchen rendered completely unusable, it said.“I walked into the kitchen, I saw everything and I was like, hold on what.What is going on here?,” owner Baljit Singh told Santa Fe Reporter.Amrika ch dekho ik restorent ch ki hoea vada hangama te eh video youtube te bhot hi jada viral ho reha hai.White power, Trump 2020, go home, and far worse were spray-painted on walls, doors, counters and any other available surface. Some phrases contained threats of violence and derogatory racial slurs, the daily said.

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