NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan on Thursday said she was saddened to learn of an armed robbery at a local Hindu temple – Sri Varasithi Vinayagar Temple in Scarborough (Toronto) – and added: “I unequivocally condemn such heinous acts of violence at a place of worship.”
She added: “This temple is a very special place for my family and thousands of others in the local Hindu community. The people of Scarborough have the right to live safely and without fear – in their homes, at their workplaces, and their places of worship.
“Scarborough is a shining example of Canada’s diversity, where faith based organizations and temples are institutions of peace that celebrate Canadian multiculturalism. Attacks on such institutions should not be taken lightly.
Toronto Police announced on Wednesday that last Sunday (January 12) at 9 p.m., a man and a woman entered a Hindu temple in the Kennedy Road and McNicoll Avenue area.
They said: “It is alleged that the two people entered the temple with their faces disguised, the woman pointed a gun at a worshipper and attempted to tie him up with zip ties and duct tape, the armed man gathered other victims, but one was able to escape and called 9-1-1, both suspects fled prior to police arriving, without obtaining anything.”
Police released security camera images of the man and woman.
The woman is described as white, 25-30, 5’2″, 110 lbs., wearing a black-and-beige Yukon-style hat and black clothing.
The man is described as black, 25-30, 5’7″, 150 lbs., with facial hair, wearing an inside-out jacket, light-colour beige pants.