Updated 10/22/2012 10:41 PM
Hindu temple vandalized and robbed
A Hindu temple is vandalized and robbed, leaving people scrambling to clean up before Monday's services. As our Inane Park reports, this isn't the first time the temple has been a target in Schenectady.
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- "This is the house of God. Please respect it," said Ravi Ishmael, Schenectady Hindu Temple President.
Instead, members of the Schenectady Hindu Temple returned for another day of worship to find, "a broken window, broken glasses, and someone cut while breaking the glass, so some blood. There was a lot of food stuff all over the floor," explained Ishmael.
Flour, ketchup, and rice were all taken from the temple, and were strewn over the stage, floor, and the walls. The most significant damage was done to a power mixer, which is valued at $6,000. According to temple leaders, the break in occurred somewhere between 10:00 p.m. on Sunday and 11:00 a.m. on Monday.
"We want to fix it as soon as possible and get this mess straightened out," said Jai Prakash, Schenectady Hindu Youth Counselor.
Police are investigating, but this is the third time the building has been vandalized in the past six months. At this point, police still do not have any leads.
"It is causing us a hard time to deal with break-in issues. As my friend says, its hard for us to do other activities too. We would like to do more counseling upstairs and help our youth," noted Prakash.
This only adds to the worshippers woes. The temple is in the foreclosure process after the city of Schenectady sold its tax lien to ATF. Its leaders are calling on the city for help.
"We'd like to ask Mr. Mayor if you can please help us to get our building back," said Ishmael. "Whatever finances we have here in this temple is from the pocket of the people who come here to worship. That is the reason we cannot secure this building."
Without any security, temple leaders are unsure whether to invest in their building knowing that it could be taken away from them at any time.